Secreti, Felician Men Win NJIT Cross-Country Classic

Sophomore Tom Cooke finished second to teammate Mike Secreti at the Sept. 14, 2013, NJIT Classic. (Steven R. Smith)
Sophomore Tom Cooke finished second to teammate Mike Secreti at the Sept. 14, 2013, NJIT Classic. (Steven R. Smith)

NEWARK, N.J. – Felician College freshman Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was the individual champion in the non-Division I portion of the 2013 NJIT Men's Cross-Country Classic, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday morning at Branch Brook Park.

Secreti, competing in just his second collegiate event, ran the 12th-fastest 8,000-meter race in Felician history. His time of 26 minutes, 12 seconds, trailed only Daniel Rondon of the Division-I and host Highlanders. His victory on the non D-I side came by a margin of 47 seconds over the runner-up, teammate Tom Cooke (2nd, 26:59) (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional), a sophomore.

Secreti and Cooke led Felician to first place in the team standings. With 32 points, the Golden Falcons bested five opponents, including runner-up Ocean County College (47) and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rival Bloomfield College (3rd, 69).

Junior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) gave Felician three of the top four finishers. He placed fourth in 27:25. Filling in the other two scoring positions for the Golden Falcons were junior Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) (12th, 29:20) and junior Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) (15th, 29:57). The small-college race contained 44 entrants.

On the Division-I side, NJIT defeated Saint Peter's University, 15-50.