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.