Secreti Begins 2014 With Top-10 Finish

Secreti Begins 2014 With Top-10 Finish

BRONX, N.Y. – Battling a top-notch field and unseasonable temperatures and humidity, Felician College sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished ninth out of 87 entrants in the men's non-Division I portion of the Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial, hosted by Fordham University on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt park.

Secreti completed the hilly, hot five-mile course in 28 minutes, four seconds. Felician senior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) also broke 29 minutes, finishing 23rd in 28:54.

Sophomore Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) was the No. 3 man for the Golden Falcons, placing 65th. Rounding out the Felician scoring were junior Aiden Lynch (Marlboro, N.J./Cherokee) (85th, 35:42) and freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) (86th, 36:42).

The Golden Falcons placed 6th out of 8 non-Division I schools in attendance. Their 176 points were 13 better than fifth-place United States Merchant Marine Academy, and one ahead of Nyack College in seventh. The College of New Jersey won the small-college portion of the event with 40 points, eight fewer than runner-up California University of Pensylvania. California senior Aaron Dinzeo was the individual champion in 25:23.

On the Division-I side, the United States Naval Academy claimed 12 of the top 14 finishers, including the first six, to easily out-point the field with 14 points. The host Rams were the runners-up, posting 69 points. Navy sophomore Steven Schroder crossed the finish line a fraction of a second ahead of three teammates to win the D-I race in 26:17.