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Men’s Cross Country Finishes in the Top-Half of the Field; Seven Devils Improve on Time From Last Week

Men’s Cross Country Finishes in the Top-Half of the Field; Seven Devils Improve on Time From Last Week

PHILADELPHIA – All seven Devils to run for a second straight week at the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championship hosted at Belmont Plateau on Saturday bettered their time from a week ago, as the University of the Sciences men's cross country team ran its home course for the first out of three times this season. 

USciences earned a finish in the top-half of the field of 15, placing seventh in between Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foes Nyack and Felician with 217 points.

Johnathan Epstein was more than a minute faster than last week, completing the 8K in 29:42.0 to lead the Devils with a 26th place finish in the field of 135. 

William Hallinan set a collegiate personal record for the second week in a row, crossing in 30:06.5 to beat his previous record from last weekend by over 45 seconds to place 36th.  

Freshmen Dylan Zuch and Isaac Hoskins both placed in the top-half of the field, in 50th and 58th, respectively. Zuch was over 30 seconds better than a week ago, clocking in at 30:59.4, while Hoskins was nearly two minutes faster with a time of 31:22.7.  

Matthew Connolly navigated the course in 34:45.2 to shave 10 seconds off his time from last week.

Rounding out University of the Sciences' impressive showing was Macniel Mandeh, who shaved nearly two minutes off his time from a week ago after coming in at 42:48.2.  

Notably, Michael Scott made his USciences debut, finishing in 46:47.7. 

University of the Sciences takes the next two weekends off before returning to action at the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh, on Saturday, Sept. 29. 


USciences Results


28. Johnathan Epstein – 29:42.0 (season-best)

36. William Hallinan – 30:06.5 (collegiate personal best)

50. Dylan Zuch – 30:59.4 (season-best)

58. Isaac Hoskins – 31:22.7 (season-best)

92. Matthew Connolly – 34:45.2 (season-best)

101. Scott Jacobs – 35:41.8 (season-best)

132. Macniel Mandeh – 42:48.2 (season-best)

132. Michael Scott – 46:47.7