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Track Spotlight:
Times Fall as Devils Record another Fifth Place Finish at Belmont

Monday, October 4, 2004

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Another week, another fifth place finish for the USP women's cross country team on Saturday. Competing at the tenth annual Belmont Classic at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, six USP runners, including the Devils' top five saw their times improve from last week as the Devils finished in fifth place.

USP scored 139 points, just 16 points out of third place, finishing behind Georgian Court College (86); Albright College (115); Marywood University (124) and Gwynedd Mercy College (137).

Joy Aifuwa (Fr., Edison HS/Edison, NJ) again paced the Devils finishing in fifth place overall with a time of 20:42.14 for the 5,000-meter race, taking 14 seconds off her time from last week. Shelby Rance (So., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) improved her time by 22 seconds and was the second Devil to finish, crossing the line in 22:44.07 in 28th place. Just 1.43 seconds behind Rance was Kate Jordan (Sr., Delaware Valley HS/Athol, NY) in 29th place (22:45.50). Jordan's time was 17 seconds faster than last week.

Rounding out the Devils top five were Elizabeth Hay (Sr., Hempfield HS/Landisville, PA) and Amanda Reed (So., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA). Hay improved her time from last week by 18 seconds to finish in 35th place overall with a time of 23:04.73. Reed cut 54 seconds off her time from last week to finish in 56th place with a time of 23:59.87.

Also competing and finishing for the Devils were Jean Dugan (Fr., Methacton HS/Norristown, PA) (24:43.26, 69th place); Erin Hewitt (Fr., Iroquois HS/Elma, NY) (26:30.09, 90th place) and Melissa Maximowicz (Sr., Bishop O'Reilly HS/Kingston, PA) (26:46.29, 92nd place). Maximowicz improved her time by 37 seconds from last week.

Next up for the Devils will be the Goldey Beacom Classic at Carousel Park in Wilmington Delaware on Saturday, October 9, 2004.