Men's Cross-Country Developing A "Big Three"

Men's Cross-Country Developing A "Big Three"

PHILADELPHIA – After placing three runners among the top eight finishers a week ago, the Felician College men's cross-country team saw the same trio place in the top 12 at the Sixth Annual Jack Saint Clair Memorial, hosted by Philadelphia University on Saturday morning at Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau.

Saturday's even would be Felician's only regular-season appearance on the course that will host the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship on Oct. 27, a USTFCCCA-certified 8,000 meters. The Golden Falcons wound up third out of 13 in the team standings. They were second among collegiate teams in the open event, and second among five CACC members in attendance.

Felician's top three runners crossed the finish line 23 seconds apart. After a week as the team's second man, freshman Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) reaffirmed his role as the Golden Falcons' top runner, placing sixth out of 104 entrants with a time of 28 minutes, 10 seconds.

The next man across was Felician sophomore Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional), whose 28:18 was good for seventh place. Cooke took 63 seconds off of his 2012 time in the same race. A resurgent Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township), who was limited to three races last season by injury, ran a 28:33 and finished 12th.

Sophomore Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) ran 13 seconds faster than he did in last year's Jack St. Clair Memorial, and was 28th overall in 30:16. Rounding out the Golden Falcon scoring was two-time all-CACC performer Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) (41st, 31:19).

Felician's 87 points left it 29 behind the Princeton Running Club for second place. Keystone College finished fourth, 35 points behind the Golden Falcons.

The host Rams won the championship with 51 points. Philadelphia junior Eric Lacy was the individual winner in 27:19.