NEWARK, Del. – A young University of the Sciences men's cross country team will gain valuable experience when it runs at the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships this Sunday at White Clay Creek State Park.
The USciences roster features no upperclassmen with just one sophomore and eight freshmen.
Therefore, the one sophomore is the only runner on the roster that has CACC Championships experience. Scott Jacobs placed 66th a year ago.
University of the Sciences placed 12th as a team, something the Devils will be looking to improve upon.
Freshman Jonathan Epstein will lead the way as he has in each of USciences five races so far this season, highlighted by running the fastest 8k in the program since 1983 for the third fastest in program history at the Paul Short Invitational. He was also a winner at the first-ever Cheyney University Running with the Wolves, helping the Devils to their first team title since the 2010 Goldey-Beacom Invitational.
Christopher Cardace has consistently been behind Epstein as the University of the Sciences' No. 2 runner with four top-25 finishes, including crossing third at the Running with the Wolves.
Ryan Ward was the No. 3 finisher for USciences in each of the four races he ran, highlighted by a fourth place finish at the Running with the Wolves.
Matthew Connolly and Matthew Weiner have run in and been in the top-five in every race for the Devils this season, including crossing back-to-back in eighth in the ninth at the Running with the Wolves.
Also running for University of the Sciences in every race this season was Jacobs and Conor Glass.
Rounding out USciences roster is Eric Papazian, who made his collegiate debut midway through the season.