Felician Second At Lehigh; Albano Breaks Own School Record

Stephen Omari was the No. 4 scorer for Felician on Sept. 30, 2011.
Stephen Omari was the No. 4 scorer for Felician on Sept. 30, 2011.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Felician College junior Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, NJ) broke his own school 8,000-meter men's cross-country record at the Paul Short Run presented by Brooks on Friday afternoon on the Goodman Campus of Lehigh University. In the largest meet Felician will enter all season, Albano placed second out of 357 runners and the Golden Falcons finished second out of 42 teams.

Albano traversed 8,000 meters in 25 minutes, 40 seconds. He bested by 14 seconds the previous school standard he had set as a freshman at the NYIT Running of the Bears. He remains the only person in the 11-year history of the Golden Falcon program to break 26 minutes. Albano was defeated on Friday only by senior Macky Lloyd of the College of Saint Rose, who turned in a 25:32.

The entire Felician contingent took advantage of the flat course to shave significant time off of their season-bests. The team's usual top three remained intact. Junior Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, NJ) placed 15th with a 26:48. Senior James Vander Wiele (Pequannock, NJ) turned in a time of 27:15 and finishd 28th.

Freshman Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, NJ) took more than 90 seconds off of his previous collegiate best, and was the team's No. 4 man for the first time this season. Omari's 27:43 was good for 49th overall. It was six seconds better than teammate Tim Kicha (Saddle Brook, NJ), who settled into the No. 5 and final team scoring position and placed 57th. Click here for complete results.

More than 5,000 runners from more than 450 colleges and high schools ran in the 38th annual edition of the event. College competition was split into three races, the Gold, Brown, and White. Felician ran in the White Race, which contained most of the non-Division-I schools in attendance.

Kutztown University won the team title with 120 points, 31 fewer than Felician. The Golden Falcons, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II East Region, finished 263 points and 12 places ahead of Saint Rose, the team immediately ahead of them in the rankings. They were also first out of four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference schools in the field.