PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's cross country team tied its best finish at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship since 2011, placing in a tie for seventh on Sunday morning at Belmont Plateau.
Finishing tied with 201 points, USciences lost a tiebreaker to Nyack, therefore narrowly missing out a place in the top-half of the field. The last time the Devils finished better than eighth was in 2010 when they placed fourth.
Wilmington won the team title by 25 points with a total of 47.
Johnathan Epstein led University of the Sciences for the fifth time in fifth races, recording his second consecutive top-25 finish at the Championship. A year after placing 16th, the sophomore crossed 23rd in the field of 88 with a time of 29:04.8 on the 8K course.
Crossing five spots behind him for a position in the top-third of the field was fellow sophomore William Hallinan, who continued his trend of setting a new collegiate personal record in every race this season by running a 29:23.6. His 28th place performance is a 42-spot improvement from his 70th place finish as a freshman.
Freshman Isaac Hoskins earned a position in the top-half of the field in his first-ever Championship, crossing 40th with a time of 30:29.4. He finished 10th amongst the 27 rookies to run.
Christopher Cardace ran a new season-best, navigating the course in 31:22.6.
Rounding out USciences' day was Matthew Connolly, who finished in 33:39.0 to place 70th, one spot better than his finish as a freshman.
University of the Sciences closes out its season at the NCAA East Regional Championship, hosted at Beth Page Polo at the Park, on Saturday, Nov. 17.
23. Johnathan Epstein - 29:04.8
28. William Hallinan – 29:23.6 (collegiate personal record)
40. Isaac Hoskins – 30:29.4
52. Christopher Cardace – 31:22.6 (season-best)
58. Dylan Zuch – 32:16.2
65. Ryan Ward – 33:05.5
70. Matthew Connolly – 33:39.0