Men's Cross-Country Tunes Up For CACCs

(Photo by Dave Schofield)
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

KING'S PARK, N.Y. – The Felician College men's cross-country team participated in its final tune-up for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship meet, finishing ninth out of 28 schools at Saturday afternoon's St. Joseph's (N.Y.) College Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park.

The CACC Championship will be held on Sunday, November 2, at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, and hosted by Philadelphia University. Felician will be attempting to match or better last year's third-place team result.

The Golden Falcons' top two runners, sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) and senior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) are strong candidates for individual CACC honors. Secreti will be looking to atone for last season's 19th-place finish (four back of all-league honors), while Huggins-Filozof is already a two-time All-CACC performer.

On Saturday, Secreti finished seventh and Huggins-Filozof 10th out of 224 competitors, the largest field the Golden Falcons will see this season. Secreti completed the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 59 seconds, while Huggins-Filozof clocked in at 28:12.

Junior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) turned in a time of 30:11 and placed 37th. Lynch dropped 35 seconds off his time from the previous weekend.

Finalizing the Golden Falcon scoring were freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) and sophomore Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights). Gomez concluded the top half of the field, placing 112th with a 33:34. Gillespie ran 1:22 faster than the previous week, finishing 169th in 37:17.

Felician's 281 points were 27 behind eighth-place Gloucester County College and 28 ahead of ASA College in 10th. Monroe College comfortably won the meet, with its 59 points out-pacing the 109 of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Queens (N.Y.) College, in third place with 149 points, was the top Division-II team in the field.

Dowling College senior Scott Litts was the individual champion. His 26:50 was 25 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.