WILMINGTON, Del. – Sophomore Elizabeth Sauers began her season in thrilling fashion, capturing the title at the season-opening Wilmington University Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning to help the University of the Sciences women's cross country team finish in second place.
USciences finished just 12 points behind host and winner Wilmington, who totaled 30 points. The Devils were 13 points clear of third place Holy Family.
Sauers topped the field of 34 by nearly 27 seconds, as she completed the 5k course in 20:36.95. The time was less than two seconds shy of her collegiate personal record set last September on a different course at the same park, and was just over 15 seconds away from cracking the program's top-25 5k times of all-time.
Joining her in the top-five was junior Regan Asay, who finished 12 seconds shy of her personal record from 2015 to finish fourth in 21:53.40. She was just 2.01 seconds behind the third place finisher.
Freshman Shane Bishop impressed with a top-10 finish in her first career collegiate race as she was the first freshman to cross by over five seconds, finishing seventh with a time of 22:44.37.
Notably, freshman Paige Jacobs ran her first career collegiate race, finishing 21st with a time of 26:14.39.
University of the Sciences will race in Philadelphia next Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championships. Starting time is set for 12:15 p.m. at Belmont Plateau.
1. Elizabeth Sauers – 20:36.95
4. Regan Asay – 21:53.40
7. Shane Bishop – 22:44.37
14. Bridget Houghton – 23:43.72
16. Emily Brand – 24:02.23
18. Olivia DeLorenzo – 24:39.96
21. Paige Jacobs – 26:14.39
25. Sara Skoritowski – 28:25.26