Three runners set personal best marks and a fourth ran her season-best time as the University of the Sciences women's cross country team recorded their best finish since 2005 at the NCAA East Region Championship in Hopkinton, New Hampshire on Sunday.
The Devils finished in 17th place overall out of the 31 schools who put runners on the starting line. The team scored 475 points, 41 behind 16th place New York Institute of Technology. Stonehill College won the East Region title with a score of 48 points. The Devils 17th place finish was four spots higher than last season and their highest placing at the NCAA regional meet since a 16th place effort at Lock Haven University in 2005.
The top three finishers for the Devils all finished in the top 100 overall, marking just the second time in program history that the team accomplished this feat. Regan Asay (Ridge HS/Basking Ridge, N.J.) ran by far her best race of the season, with a personal-best time for the 6,000-meter course of 23:41.05, placing 54th overall. Her time is also an institutional course record. Brianna Ligotski (Holy Redeemer HS/Hanover Twp., Pa.), in the final race of her career, ran a season-best 6K time of 24:07.64, placing 72nd overall. Also running in her final race was Grace John (Council Rock North HS/Newtown, Pa.). John placed 87th overall with a personal best time of 24:26.81.
Rounding out the Devils top five scorers were Emily Brand (Whitehall HS/Whitehall, Pa.) and Jessica Fraone (Oakcrest HS/Mays Landing, N.J.). Brand finished 129th overall with a time of 25:30.37 while Fraone was 139th with a time of 25:45.90. Mily Shah (Eastern HS/Voorhees, N.J.) was two places behind Fraone, running a personal best time of 25:47.82. Samantha Frear (Tunkhannock HS/Factoryville, Pa.) completed the Devils team, missing a personal best by less than two seconds and finishing the 6K race with a time of 26:30.65.
The race marked the conclusion of the 2015 season for the Devils. The team recorded top five finishes in four of the five regular season races they competed in as well as a fifth place effort at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship. Head-to-head against all competition on the season the Devils were 94-43, recording a .686 winning percentage.