The University of the Sciences men's cross country team earned the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Team Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of Sunday's conference championship meet at Belmont Plateau. The Devils also placed fourth amongst the 11 schools competing.
The men's cross country team has now earned the CACC Team sportsmanship award for the fourth time in the past five years. The CACC Team Sportsmanship Award is given to the team in each sponsored conference sport that best exemplifies the spirit of athletic competition and sportsmanship. The voting for this award is done by the league's 11 coaches. In winning the award this year, the men's cross country team also becomes just the second team at the University of the Sciences to receive the award four times, joining the men's baseball team who became a four time winner this past spring.
In the race, the Devils placed fourth overall with 111 points, just one point behind third place Wilmington University's 110. Felician college won the meet for the sixth time in seven years with a score of 31 points. Philadelphia university was second with 63.
The Devils were led by a pair of juniors, Georgiy Polyak and Marty Farrell. Polyak recorded the fastest time by a Sciences runner on the five-mile Belmont course this year finishing in 11th place overall with a time of 29:07.82. Farrell was 12th overall and finished with a time of 29:16.77. Both runners were named to the CACC All-Conference team based on their finish in the race.
Third to cross the line for the Devils was senior Peter Grant. Grant finished in 24th place overall with a time of 30:33.34. Sophomores Robert Glass and Christian Radzinski rounded out the Devils top five finishers with glass placing 29th overall with a time of 31:14.26 and Radzinski 33rd with a time of 31:49.85.
The Devils will close out their 2010 campaign with a trip to the NCAA East Regionals in two weeks. This year's regional meet will again be held at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.