BRONX, N.Y. -- The Felician College men's cross-country team send a youthful contingent to the Fordham University Fiasco on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park, and sophomore Joe Eagan (Haddonfield, N.J.) took advantage, coming out as the team's No. 1 for the first time in his career.
In Felician's season opener, coach John Brennan decided to hold back four of the team's five returning all-conference performers in order to control their regular-season competitive mileage. The Golden Falcons entered four sophomores and a freshman, who put together an 11th place team finish in the event.
Eagan placed 30th out of 119 entrants, running a muddy five-mile course in 29 minutes, 13 seconds. Classmate Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J.) crossed the finish line 52nd in 30:15, and was followed closely by freshman Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J.), who was 57th in 30:24 in his collegiate debut.
Also scoring for Felician were sophomore Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J.) (82nd, 31:35), and Leroy Cribb (Trenton, N.J.) (117th, 36:27).
East Stroudsburg University easily won the team competition, putting the first four runners across the finish line and scoring 20 points. ESU's Frank Fezza was the individual champion in 26:48.