The University of the Sciences men's cross country team had five runners record personal best times in Sunday's NCAA East Region Championship meet in Hopkinton, New Hampshire as the team placed 26th in the highly competitive championship field.
The Devils finished with 718 points, just 17 behind 25th place St. Anselm College. Three of the top four individual finishers hailed from American International College who won the team title with a score of 45 points. USciences 26th place finish is one place better than the team placed at last year's NCAA East Region meet in Nashua, New Hampshire.
The top two finishers for USciences both set personal-best times for the 10,000-meter course. Christopher Robison (Middle Township HS/Delhaven, N.J.) was 113th overall with a personal-best time of 35:51.56 while Tim Storino (Roman Catholic HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) was just ten places behind Robison, also recording a personal-best with a time of 36:14.34.
Senior Tommy Mauro (Carbondale HS/Carbondale, Pa.) narrowly missed his personal best and was the third Devils runner to cross the finish line with a time of 37:40.94. Billy Librizzi (Cedar creek HS/Galloway, N.J.) and Chiedozie Chukwuneke (J.P. Stevens HS/Edison, N.J.) rounded out the Devils top five scorers as both runners recorded PR's. Librizzi finished in 39:14.26 while Chukwuneke closed out his career with his best 10K time ever, 39:44.68.
David Wilds (Haverford HS/Havertown, Pa.) also recorded his best 10K ever with a time of 40:23.10. Christopher Noce (Salesianum HS/Mullica Hill, N.J.) rounded out the Devils competitors, closing out his collegiate career with a time of 42:24.92.
The race marked the conclusion of the 2015 season for the Devils. The team recorded top ten finishes in four of the five regular season races they competed in as well as a ninth place effort at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship. Entering the regional competition the Devils had a head-to-head record of 56-54 and finished the season at 61-79 once the regional results were included.