NASHUA, N.H. – Felician College seniors Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) and Taylor Trumbetti (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills) attained All-Region status by finishing seventh and 19th, respectively, out of 188 competitors at the 2012 NCAA Division II East Region Men's Cross-Country Championship, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Sunday afternoon at Mines Falls Park.
Felician went into the meet as the eighth-ranked team in the region, and eighth is where the Golden Falcons finished. It is the program's fourth top-10 regional result – the Golden Falcons were eighth in 2008, 10th in 2010, and a school-record seventh last year. Complete 2012 results are available at http://plattsys.com/m1shell.asp?eventid=770.
NCAA Regional meets are run on a 10,000-meter course, two kilometers longer than a regular-season race. Albano broke his own school 10K record with a time of 30 minutes, 41 seconds. He ran a 31:52 when he finished sixth at last year's regional in Boston. He is the first two-time all-region performer at Felician in any sport since baseball student-athlete Frank Quintana was honored in 2005 and 2007.
For the second consecutive year, Albano missed out on qualifying as an individual for the NCAA Division II National Championship by one place. He concludes his career as the most decorated runner in Felician history. Albano is a two-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Runner of the Year, was a part of two CACC championship teams, won 10 career invitationals, including five this season, and is a 17-time CACC Runner of the Week.
Trumbetti posted a 31:10 on Sunday. Other than Albano, he was the highest finisher from the CACC. He is the third NCAA all-region runner for Felician, joining Albano and James Vander Wiele last year. Trumbetti capped a career that saw him make the All-CACC team three times.
Also scoring for the Golden Falcons on Sunday were sophomore Joe Eagan (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) (47th, 32:18), senior Tim Kicha (Saddle Brook, N.J./Saddle Brook) (70th, 32:51), and sophomore Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) (115th, 34:26). The Golden Falcons' 252 points were 14 more than seventh-place Wilmington (Del.) University and 44 better than the College of Saint Rose, which was ninth.
American International College won the regional championship with 48 points, and runner-up Bentley University (64) and third-place Stonehill College (93) also earned automatic berths into nationals. UMass Lowell senior Jeff Veiga was the individual champion in 28:53.