PHILADELPHIA -- Felician College senior Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, N.J.) won a cross-country meet for the first time in his collegiate career on Saturday morning. Trumbetti took first place in the men's half of the Jack St. Clair Memorial, host by Philadelphia University at Belmont Plateau.
Trumbetti had previously finished as high as third on two occasions, including the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship. On Saturday, he bested a field of 132 runners, traversing the five-mile course in 27 minutes, 38 seconds. He crossed the line 30 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Missing three of its usual top five runners, Felician still managed to place fourth out of 15 schools in the team standings. However, with 103 points, the Golden Falcons were 10 points behind Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rival Philadelphia University. Felician is ranked No. 8 and Philadelphia No. 9 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region coaches poll.
With No. 1 man Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, N.J.) scheduled to compete on Sunday, and two other regulars resting injuries, freshman Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J.) stepped up to become Felician's No. 2 runner for the day. Cooke's time of 29:39 was good for 12th overall. Right behind was sophomore Joe Eagan (Haddonfield, N.J.), who clocked a 29:39 and finished 17th.
Also scoring for the Golden Falcons were freshman Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J.) (30th, 30:29) and sophomore Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J.) (43rd, 31:07). Sophomores Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J.) and Cowain Reid (Trenton, N.J.) were also in the line-up. Mardirosian was 56th in 31:58, while Reid made his collegiate debut and ended up 74th in 34:01.
The Princeton Running Club earned the team title with 77 points in the open event, edging Richard Stockton College by seven. Trumbetti was the only runner to break 28 minutes on the day, with Princeton RC's Ryan Karnes coming in second in 28:08.
Felician will return to Belmont Plateau on Sunday, October 21, to defend its CACC Championship.