HOLMDEL, N.J. – The Felician College men's cross-country team made its annual trip to the steep Holmdel Park course, including the challenging "bowl mile," on Saturday morning. Participating in the Monmouth University Invitational, the Golden Falcons placed third out of eight non-Division I schools in attendance.
The different style of course did nothing to change the order of finish for Felician. For the third consecutive week, the Golden Falcon pack was led by freshman Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) and sophomore Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional). Secreti completed five miles in 27 minutes, 39 seconds to place ninth out of 91 entrants, and Cooke was right behind, finishing 10th in 27:53.
Junior Keenan Huggins Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) gave Felician three competitors in the top 20, running 19th in 28:42. Filling out the Golden Falcons' last two scoring positions were juniors Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) (65th, 31:37) and Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) (71st, 32:08).
Felician's 98 points were 38 more than small-college runner-up Stevens Institute of Technology. New York University claimed six of the top seven finishers and earned the title with 15 points. The only other Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference school at the meet, first-year program Georgian Court University, was seventh.
NYU's Dylan Karten was the individual champion with a 26:15.
On the Division-I side, the host Hawks bested a five-team field with 41 points, squeaking past Rider University by a single point. Rider's Anthony Dentino was the first to cross the finish line, doing so in 26:05.