PHILADELPHIA – Elizabeth Sauers narrowly missed out on her second consecutive individual title to begin the season as the University of the Sciences women's cross country team competed in the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championships at Belmont Plateau on Saturday afternoon.
In an exhilarating sprint to the finish, the top-three individual finishers were separated by just 2.1 seconds. Making it all the more interesting was the fact that the leader nearly took a wrong turn with 100 meters left to go to the finish.
Sauers ended up crossing third with a time of 20:43.5, which moved her into 24th in program history for all-time fastest 5k times posted at Belmont Plateau.
Regan Asay finished in the top-fourth of the field of 80, placing 16th with a nearly identical time as last weekend - 21:53.3.
Bridget Houghton improved on her time from last weekend by over 20 seconds, as she navigated the course in 23:22.9 to place 36th.
Emily Brand finished in 49th place with a time of 24:15.2.
As a team, University of the Sciences placed fifth with 126 points. Jefferson won the team title with 32 points, followed by Stockton (79) and Wilmington (90). Bloomfield placed fourth with 90 points, while Holy Family was sixth 126.
USciences takes next weekend off before returning to action for the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.
3. Elizabeth Sauers – 20:43.5
16. Regan Asay – 21:53.3
36. Bridget Houghton – 23:22.9
49. Emily Brand – 24:15.2
52. Olivia DeLorenzo – 24.42.0
54. Paige Jacobs – 24.59.4
72. Sara Skoritowski – 27:38.8