NEWARK, Del. – The University of the Sciences women's cross country team is hoping to repeat the success that it had last year at this Sunday's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships at White Clay Creek State Park, which will be broadcast on the CACC Digital Network at 10 a.m.
USciences' third place finish in 2016 was its best at the CACC Championships since it finished third in 2012.
With tree of its top four finishers from that race back from this year, there is reason for optimism heading into Sunday.
Highlighting the third place finish a year ago was Elizabeth Sauers, who earned All-CACC honors as a freshman by crossing 15th. The sophomore has carried that success into this season as she has won two individual titles, including her last time out at the Jack St. Clair Memorial on Oct. 7. She also won the season-opening Wilmington University Invite and finished third at the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championships.
Perhaps most notably, she ran the fourth fastest 6k in program history at the Paul Short Invitational.
Regan Asay was the third Devil to finish as she crossed 23rd at the 2016 CACC Championships, and she has been University of the Sciences' No. 2 runner all year. When Sauers missed the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic, the junior filled the void with a third place finish. She also moved her way into the record books at the Paul Short Invitational with the 22nd fastest 6k in program history.
Sophomore Olivia DeLorenzo finished six spots behind Asay in 2016 as a freshman, and she will bring valuable experience to the squad at this year's Championships.
Also providing valuable experience is the lone senior on the squad, Bridget Houghton, who placed in the top-half of the field of 90 last year in 44th. She has been one of USciences' top-five finishers in each race this season.
Junior Emily Brand has also been one of the Devils' top-five finishers in every race this season. Although she did not run in last year's race, she did finish in the top-half of the field of 88 in 30th as a freshman at the 2015 Championships.
Junior Sara Skoritowski and freshman Paige Jacobs have also run in every race this season. Along with Sauers and Asay, Skoritowski is the only other Devil to have set a collegiate personal record at some point this year, while Jacobs was the third Devil to cross at the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic.
Shane Bishop is the only Devil to have run in a race. She was University of the Sciences' third finisher at the season-opening Wilmington Invite as she placed seventh.
Rounding out the roster is Gabby Moss and Delaney Booth. Notably, as a freshman Moss was the second Devil to cross at the 2016 Championships as she finished 18th to fall just three positions shy of All-CACC honors.