October 5, 2011

Men's Cross-Country Moves Up Three Slots In Region

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College men's cross-country team has moved up three slots in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region ranking, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. The Golden Falcons, guided by 10th-year head coach John Brennan, are now the No. 7 squad in the region.

Felician moved up in the poll on the strength of runner-up finish out of 42 schools at the Paul Short Run White Race hosted by Lehigh University on Sept. 30. The Golden Falcons were once again led by their veteran trio of juniors Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock) and Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, NJ/Pascack Hills) and senior James Vander Wiele (Pequannock, NJ/Pequannock), who have finished 1-2-3 in Felician's pack in each race this season.

At Lehigh, Albano placed second out of 357 entrants, breaking his own 8,000-meter school record with a time of 25:40. Trumbetti finished 15th and Vander Wiele was 28th, leading Felician to second place with 151 points, trailing only the 120 of Kutztown University.

The Golden Falcons are the only Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's program in the regional top 10. They are the defending CACC Champion, and have won the conference eight times in their 11-year history. They earned a final regional ranking of No. 10 in 2010.

The complete set of USTFCCCA Division II men's and women's regional rankings can be viewed at http://www.ustfccca.org/2011/10/featured/dii-regional-cross-country-rankings-week-3