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PREVIEW: Track and Field Ready for Second CACC Championships on Sunday

PREVIEW: Track and Field Ready for Second CACC Championships on Sunday

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – One year after making its debut, the University of the Sciences track and field team is ready for its second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships, to be hosted at Georgian Court beginning at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday. 

The top eight performers in each event earn points, with the top two claiming All-CACC honors. 

Sophomore Johnathan Epstein will be looking to repeat his performance from a year ago, when he became the first Devil in program history to earn All-CACC accolades by crossing second in the 5000m.  

Also running the 5000m, as well as the 3000m steeplechase, is Dylan Zuch

William Hallinan (1500m) and McKayla Kelly (shot put) enter the weekend atop the CACC in their respective events. Hallinan will be aiming to improve on his sixth-place finish in the 1500m from last year.  

The two will be looking to earn points in two events, as Kelly is also ranked fifth in the javelin while Hallinan is sixth in the 800m.   

Also ranked in the top-six of multiple events is Koy Connors, who is third in the pole vault and fifth in the javelin. He will also throw in the discus and shot put, making him one of two Devils who will compete in four events. 

Chloe Georges is the other, as the sophomore ranks in the top 12 of the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. She placed fifth in the shot put a year ago. 

Sophie Hockran will compete in three events, ranking in the top 12 of the discus, shot put and hammer. She was the only Devil to earn points in two individual events last year. 

The final Devil ranked in the top five of their respective event is Gabrielle Moss who is fifth in the 5000m, where she will be joined Paige Jacobs

Alton McKenley is in the top 10 of the 400m in ninth, and he will also lead a 4x400m relay team that includes Hallinan, Connors and Macniel Mandeh

Eric Papazian will represent University of the Sciences in the sprints, competing in both the 100m and 200m, the latter of which he will be joined by Abdallah Elbready

Notably, Lucas Burkhardt will make his collegiate outdoor debut in the 1500m, where he will be joined by Ryan Ward

Perry Giambuzzi rounds out University of the Sciences' indvidual entries in the javelin. 

USciences' CACC Rankings

Men's 100m

32. Eric Papazian – 11.74

Men's 200m

41. Eric Papazian – 23.75

82. Abdallah Elbready – 28.12 

Men's 400m

9. Alton McKenley – 50.44 

Men's 800m

6. William Hallinan – 1:56.31

Men's 1500m

1. William Hallinan – 4:03.54

26. Ryan Ward – 4:19.68

--. Lucas Burkhardt

Men's 5000m

12. Johnathan Epstein – 15:56.89

34. Dylan Zuch – 17:40.15

Women's 5000m

5. Gabrielle Moss – 20:13.24

17. Paige Jacobs – 21:48.19

Men's 3000m Steeplechase

20. Dylan Zuch – 11:35.20

Men's 4x400m

8. McKenley, Mandeh, Connors, Hallinan - 3:29.47

Men's Pole Vault

3. Koy Connors – 3.55m 

Men's Shot Put

12. Koy Connors – 10.21m

Women's Shot Put

1. McKayla Kelly – 11.77m

8. Chloe Georges – 10.38m

12. Sophie Hockran – 9.78m

Men's Discus

14. Koy Connors – 29.59m

Women's Discus

7. Sophie Hockran – 32.15m

8. Chloe Georges – 31.97m

Women's Hammer

8. Chloe Georges – 30.72m

9. Sophie Hockran – 28.65m

Men's Javelin 

5. Koy Connors -41.36m

37. Perry Giambuzzi – 14.47m

Women's Javelin

5. McKayla Kelly – 30.65m

12. Chloe Georges – 20.69m