WILMINGTON, Del. – In a story that will become commonplace this season, it was freshmen that helped the University of the Sciences men's cross country team place third in its season-opening event at the Wilmington University Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning.
The third place finish was USciences best finish since placing third at the Goldey-Beacom Invitational in September 2015.
The Devils finished 21 points clear of fourth place Lincoln with a total 69 points. Host Wilmington comfortably took the team title with 24 points, beating out second place Holy Family by 17.
All five of USciences' point-scorers were freshmen, highlighted by Jonathan Epstein crossing seventh out of 30 competitors in his first career collegiate race with a time of 30:30.22. He was the second freshman to finish the race, coming in one spot behind Wilmington freshman Jake Puharic.
Christopher Cardace missed out on a top-10 finish by just one spot in his first career collegiate race, as he crossed in 31:32.49.
Rounding out USciences' scoring was Matthew Weiner, who finished in 34:37.34 to place 20th.
Take into account sophomore Scott Jacobs, who finished 24th in 36:33.90, and each competitor on the University of the Sciences roster is an underclassmen.
Notably, freshman Conor Glass also ran his first career colligate race in 52:05.11 on Saturday.
University of the Sciences returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 9 for a 10:45 a.m. start at the Cheyney Invitational.
7. Jonathan Epstein – 30:30.22
11. Christopher Cardace – 31:32.49
15. Ryan Ward – 32.39.47
16. Matthew Connolly – 33.52.12
20. Matthew Weiner – 34:37.34
24. Scott Jacobs – 36:33.90
30. Conor Glass – 52:05.11