BOSTON – Felician College put three athletes in the top half of the 185-runner field at the 2013 NCAA Division II East Regional Men's Cross-Country Championship, hosted by Stonehill College on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Park. As a team, Felician placed 17th out of 28 schools.
The Golden Falcons' top three crossed the finish line within 20 seconds of each other, and all three posted a time among the 25 fastest 10,000-meter races in program history.
Sophomore Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) was Felician's frontrunner for the second time this season. He posted a time of 34 minutes flat, and placed 60th in the field. Right behind was all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference performer Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) (63rd, 34:06) and freshman Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished 73rd in 34:20.
Juniors Stephen Omari (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) rounded out the Felician scoring. Omari was 144th in 37:19, while Mardirosian ran a 37:52 and placed 157th.
Felician's 497 points left it 24 behind 16th-place Goldey-Beacom College and 11 head of Saint Michael's College in 18th. The Golden Falcons were fourth-best out of eight CACC schools in attendance.
The host Skyhawks won the regional championship with 78 points. Stonehill, Franklin Pierce University, and Wilmington (Del.) University earned the three available team berths into the NCAA Division II National Championship race.
American International College freshman Mike Biwott was the individual winner with a time of 30:30.