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Men’s Cross Country Places Eighth at CACC Championship, Tying Best Finish Since 2011

Credit: CACC
Credit: CACC

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.

Running at their first-ever Championship, Dylan Zuch and Ryan Ward finished with respective times of 32:16.2 and 33:05.5.

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. 


USciences Results

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