RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College men's cross-country team remains listed in the third set of NCAA Division II East Region rankings, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. In fact, the Golden Falcons, guided by 11th-year head coach John Brennan, have ascended one spot to No. 8.
Felician dropped from its high point of No. 7 to the No. 9 position in last week's rankings.
The latest shuffle at the bottom of the rankings comes on the heels of Felician's sixth-place finish out of 36 schools in the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University on Sept. 28. Golden Falcon senior Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) won the race, and classmate Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills) also finished in the top ten. Felician placed six spots ahead of Philadelphia University, a fellow regionally-ranked school from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Felician moved ahead of LIU Post, which dropped from No. 7 out of the rankings, but remains one spot behind another conference rival, Wilmington (Del.) University. Philadelphia moved up a spot to No. 9, and the College of Saint Rose checked in at No. 10.
Felician has won nine CACC championships in its 12-year history. The Golden Falcons completed 2011 with a No. 7 regional ranking, a school record for the end of a season. Felician next competes on Saturday at the Belmont Classic in Philadelphia.
The complete set of USTFCCCA men's and women's regional rankings can be viewed at http://www.ustfccca.org/2012/09/featured/dii-regional-cross-country-rankings-2012-week-3.