The University of the Sciences men's cross country team placed two runners in the top ten overall as they fought their way to a third place finish at the GBC Fall Classic at Carousel Park in Wilmington, Delaware Saturday morning.
The Classic, hosted by Goldey-Beacom College held special meaning for the host as they honored the memory of Brian Conley, the Lightning's longtime cross country coach who passed away this past spring.
The Devils finished with 64 points, 16 behind second place Philadelphia University. host Goldey-Beacom College won the event with 26 points.
Freshman Christopher Robison (Middle Township HS/Del Haven, N.J.) led the Devils for the third straight race, finishing in eighth place overall with a personal-best time of 30:16.74. Right on his heels was junior Tim Storino (Roman Catholic HS/Philadelphia, Pa.), placing ninth while completing the 8,000-meter course in 30:21.95, his fastest 8K time in the Devils three races this season.
Senior captain Tommy Mauro (Carbondale HS/Carbondale, Pa.) was the Devils third finisher, placing 15th overall with a time of 32:19.08. Rounding out the Devils top five finishers were freshman Billy Librizzi (Cedar Creek HS/Galloway, N.J.) and sophomore David Wilds (Haverford HS/Havertown, Pa.). Librizzi set a personal best time by finishing in 32:23.19 and was 16th overall. Wilds was 22nd overall with a time of 33:28.67.
A pair of seniors rounded out the Devils competitors, Chiedozie Chukwuneke (J.P. Stevens HS/Edison, N.J.) andChristopher Noce (Salesianum HS/Mullica Hill, N.J.). Chukwuneke was 24th overall with a time of 34:23.37 and Noce was 34th overall with a time of 36:43.39.
The Devils have a short week as the will race next Friday at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.