NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Elizabeth Sauers earned All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) recognition for the second straight year after placing third at the CACC Championships held at White Clay Creek State Park on Sunday morning.
A year after placing 15th, Sauers' third place finish was the best within the program since Brianna Ligotski won the individual title in 2013.
Aside from Ligotski, it was the best finish by a Devil since Joy Aifuwa placed second in 2007.
She finished just 1.4 second behind the second place finisher with a collegiate personal record of 19:56.4, which was the fastest in the program since Ligotski's winning time in 2013 and the 13th-fastest in program history.
Six of seven Devils to compete on Sunday ran their best time of the season to help lead University of the Sciences to a sixth place finish, marking at least 10 years in a row that the Devils have placed in the top-half of the field in the top-six.
With 158 total points, USciences was just one point shy of fifth place Nyack for what would have been the Devils' third consecutive top-five finish.
Jefferson won the team title over second place Wilmington by 66 points with a total of 49.
Junior Regan Asay has now finished in the top-23 at the CACC Championships in each of her three appearances, as her 20th place finish on Sunday was just one position behind her career-best finish of 19th as a freshman in 2015. She navigated the 5k course in a season-best time of 21:09.3.
The lone senior on the roster, Bridget Houghton closed out her CACC career in style with a new collegiate personal record of 21:49.9 to place 29th, 15 positions ahead of her finish from last year.
Freshman Paige Jacobs made her CACC Championships debut and finished in 67th with a time of 24:08.7.
Junior Sara Skoritowski was just one second away from setting a new collegiate personal record as she crossed in 27:31.9.
University of the Sciences closes out its 2017 season at the NCAA Division II East Regionals held at Amherst Audubon Golf Course in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.
3. Elizabeth Sauers – 19:56.4 (collegiate personal record) (13th fastest in program history) (All-CACC)
20. Regan Asay – 21:09.3 (season-best)
29. Bridget Houghton – 21:49.9 (collegiate personal record)
49. Emily Brand – 22:59.3 (season-best)
57. Olivia DeLorenzo – 23:23.7 (season-best)
67. Paige Jacobs – 24:08.7
79. Sara Skoritowski – 27:31.9 (season-best)