Albano, Men's XC, Repeat As Philly Metro Champions

Rob Albano won the Philly Metro Invite for the third straight year. (Steven R. Smith)


PHILADELPHIA -- Felician College junior Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, NJ) won the individual championship at the men's Philly Metro Small College Cross-Country Invitational for the third consecutive year, defeating a field of 123 runners on Saturday at Belmont Plateau. Led by Albano, Felician placed six runners in the top 12 to win its second consecutive Philly Metro team championship.

Albano completed the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 50 seconds. He defeated runner-up Bill Steele of Wilmington (Del.) University by 48 seconds. Steele had won all three previous invitationals he had entered this season and had been named CACC Runner of the Week all three times.

A pair of Golden Falcons were immediately behind Steele. Junior Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, NJ) placed third in 27:42, and senior James Vander Wiele (Pequannock, NJ) finished fourth with a 28:20. Also scoring for Felician were junior Tim Kicha (Saddle Brook, NJ) (8th, 29:20), and freshman Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, NJ) (9th, 29:26). Freshman Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, NJ) placed 12th in his collegiate debut, clocking a 29:44.

The meet, hosted by Cabrini College, was run on the same course as will the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship on Oct. 23. Felician is the defending CACC Champion. Nine CACC teams were among the 14-school field on Saturday. The Golden Falcons' 25 points were 21 better than team runner-up Philadelphia University.