WILMINGTON, Del. – Six of the eight Devils to compete on Friday morning ran their collegiate personal best, while one other ran a season-best and another made his collegiate debut, as the University of the Sciences men's cross country team finished second at the Goldey-Beacom Fall Invitational at Carousel Park.
USciences totaled 92 points to hold off Hartford Community College by one point and won a tiebreaker over host Goldey-Beacom to take second place.
Bloomfield won the team title with 35 points.
Spearheading the second straight top-two finish was Jonathan Epstein, who placed sixth in the field of 77 with a time of 29:16.2 on the 8k course to beat his old collegiate personal record by over a minute. It was the freshman's third consecutive top-seven finish to begin the season.
Notably, Conor Glass ran the course in 47:33.1 to beat out his previous collegiate personal record by over four and a half minutes.
Fellow freshman Christopher Cardace missed out on his third straight top-15 finish by one position as he crossed in 30:49.7 for a collegiate personal record.
Matthew Connolly finished in the top-half of the field in 30th as he navigated the course in 33:31.5, a new collegiate personal record.
Scott Jacobs' time of 34:51.2 was a new season-best and good for 44th place.
Notably, Eric Papazian made his collegiate debut and finished in 41:07.4.
USciences competes in the second of three straight weekends next Friday, Sept. 29 at 1:45 p.m. at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University.
6. Jonathan Epstein – 29:16.2 (collegiate personal record)
16. Christopher Cardace – 30:49.7 (collegiate personal record)
20. Ryan Ward – 31:32.3 (collegiate personal record)
25. Matthew Weiner – 32:11.4 (collegiate personal record)
30. Matthew Connolly – 33:31.5 (collegiate personal record)
44. Scott Jacobs – 34:51.2 (season-best)
65. Eric Papazian – 41:07.4 (collegiate debut)
76. Conor Glass – 47:33.1 (collegiate personal record)