Devils Place Second at GBC Fall Classic; Seven Personal-Bests Set

Devils Place Second at GBC Fall Classic; Seven Personal-Bests Set

Three runners placed in the top ten and seven of the University of the Sciences women's cross country team members ran to personal best times as the team cruised to a second place finish at the GBC Fall Classic at Carousel Park in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday. 

The Classic, hosted by Goldey-Beacom College held special meaning for the host as they honored the memory of Brian Conley, the Lightning's longtime cross country coach who passed away this past spring.  

The Devils scored 42 points en route to their second place finish in the team standings.  Philadelphia University won the event, scoring 20 points.  Host Goldey-Beacom College was a distant third with 109 points. The second place finish mark the third straight race in which the Devils finished third or better. 

Regan Asay (Ridge HS/Basking Ridge, N.J.) again led the Devils, finishing third overall with a personal-best time of 20:41.44.  Asay was also the first freshman finisher in the race.  Brianna Ligotski (Holy Redeemer HS/Hanover Twp., Pa.) followed with a fifth place finish, crossing the line in 21:01.77, her fastest time in the three races this season.  Grace John (Council Rock North HS/Newtown, Pa.) was the third Devils runner to place in the top ten, recording a personal best time of 21:45.30 for the 5,000-meter course. 

Rounding out the Devils top five finishers were Jessica Fraone (Oakcrest HS/Mays Landing, N.J.) and Mily Shah (Eastern Regional HS/Voorhees, N.J.).  Fraone finished in 11th place overall with a time of 21:56.19 while Shah was 17th overall with a time of 22:28.07.  Both Fraone's and Shah's time were personal bests.

USciences remaining three finishers also recorded personal best times.  Emily Brand (Whitehall HS/Whitehall, Pa.) was 18th overall, finishing just .44 behind Shah with a time of 22:28.51.  Samantha Frear (Tunkhannock HS/Factoryville, Pa.) followed in 20th place with a time of 22:57.31.  Bridget Houghton (Cardinal O'Hara HS/Newtown Square, Pa.) was 27th overall with a time of 24:05. 

The Devils have a short week as the will race next Friday at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.