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Sauers Runs Fourth Fastest 6k in Program History on Friday

Credit: Nancy Sauers
Credit: Nancy Sauers

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Elizabeth Sauers ran the fourth fastest 6k in program history on Friday afternoon, as the University of the Sciences women's cross country team competed at the Paul Short Invitational held at Lehigh University.

With USciences running its first 6k of the season, Sauers' time of 23:35 was a new collegiate personal record and was the fastest in the program since Brianna Ligotoski set the school record of 23:23.30 at the 2013 NCAA East Regionals. Aside from Ligotski, the only other Devil to run a faster 6k than Sauers was Joy Aifuwa in 2007.

The sophomore placed 31st out of 268 runners in the College Women White race.

Sara Skoritowski also ran a collegiate personal best on the day as she navigated the course in 31:43 to beat out her previous best by two seconds.

Also making her way into the record book was Regan Asay, who crossed in 24:44 for the 22nd fastest 6k in program history. The junior was three seconds shy of her collegiate personal record from 2015, which put her in the top-100 in 96th place.

Emily Brand and Olivia DeLorenzo were the next two Devils to cross as they finished just seven places apart in 26:16 and 26:32, respectively.

Paige Jacobs made her collegiate debut in the 6k and registered a time of 28:07.

Crossing just one spot and three seconds behind her was Bridget Houghton.

University of the Sciences has one final tune-up for the Oct. 22 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships next Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Jack St. Clair Memorial held at Belmont Plateau. The Devils will also be hosting their 5th Annual XC Alumni Fundraiser at the event, as the women's race is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. with the men running afterwards at 1:15 p.m.

USciences Results

31. Elizabeth Sauers – 23:35  (collegiate personal record) (fourth fastest in program history)

96. Regan Asay – 24:44 (22nd fastest in program history)

149. Emily Brand – 26:16

156. Olivia DeLorenzo – 26:32

178. Paige Jacobs – 28:07

179. Bridget Houghton – 28:10

204. Sara Skoritowski – 31:43 (collegiate personal record)