The four top finishers on the University of the Sciences men's cross country team all set personal-best times as the Devils placed 30th at the Paul Short Invitational held on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Friday afternoon.
The race, held in less than ideal conditions with rain and wind, saw the Devils have two runners finish a race in under 29 minutes for the first time since 2010 en route to the team's 30th place finish amongst the 44 schools that put runners on the starting line.
Freshman Christopher Robison (Middle Township HS/Del Haven, N.J.) and junior Tim Storino (Roman Catholic HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) are the first pair of runners to complete an 8,000-meter race in under 29 minutes since Pete Grant, PharmD'12, Marty Farrell, PharmD'13 and Georgiy Polyak, PharmD'13 all ran sub-29 at the 2010 Paul Short Run. Grant's time of 27:47 is the school record for the Lehigh course.
Robison's time of 28:09 is the second fastest time ever run by a USciences runner on the Lehigh course behind's Grant's 27:47 effort in 2010. He placed 107th overall amongst the 308 finishers in the race. Storino set a personal best in finishing the race in 28:41 placing 132nd overall. His 28:41 effort is the fifth fastest in school history at the Paul Short meet.
The Devils next two finishers, freshman Billy Librizzi (Cedar Creek HS/Galloway, N.J.) and sophomore David Wilds (Haverford HS/Havertown, Pa.) also set personal-best times in the race while finishing just 12 seconds apart. Librizzi finished in 31:01 while Wilds finished in 31:13.
Rounding out the Devils finishers were seniors Tommy Mauro (Carbondale HS/Carbondale, Pa.) and Christopher Noce (Salesianum HS/Mullica Hill, N.J.). Mauro completes the 8,000-meter course in 32:13 while Noce ran his best time of the season with a 34:09 effort.
The men's cross country team is back in action next week on October 10, 2015 at the Jack St. Clair Invitational at Belmont Plateau.