Form Holds For Men's Cross-Country In Philadelphia

Junior Aiden Lynch was Felician's No. 3 scorer at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 11, 2014. (Dave Schofield)
Junior Aiden Lynch was Felician's No. 3 scorer at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 11, 2014. (Dave Schofield)

PHILADELPHIA – For the third consecutive race, the five healthy members of the Felician College men's cross-country team finished in same order on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Plateau. Felician was competing in a pair of simultaneous events, the annual Jack St. Clair Memorial and the rotating-site Collegiate Track Conference Championship, both hosted by Philadelphia University.

Felician was led by its usual top duo of sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) and senior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township). Secreti traversed the muddy 8,000-meter course, the site of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship meet on Nov. 2, in 27 minutes, 42 seconds. He was third out of 136 individual entrants in the Jack St. Clair race and second of 42 in the CTCs. Huggins-Filozof clocked a 28:20 and was 13th and seventh, respectively.

Junior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) has settled into the No. 3 spot in Felician's pack. On Saturday, Lynch ran a 30:46 and was 48th in the Jack St. Clair and 22nd in the CTC meet.

Finalizing the Golden Falcon scoring were freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) and sophomore Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights). Gomez's 33:37 was good for 83rd and 34th, while Gillespie (121st, 40th) clocked in at 38:39.

The host Rams were the team champions of both meets, with Philadelphia senior Eric Lacy winning the race in 27:12. In the Jack St. Clair, the Rams' 50 points were 26 better than the Georgetown Running Club. St. Thomas Aquinas College was the next-best varsity team with 97 points.

Philadelphia was credited with 29 points in the CTCs, putting all five of its scorers in the top 10. STAC scored 54 points, followed by Felician's 96.