Men's Cross-Country Sends Contingent To NCAA Regional Race

Keenan Huggins-Filozof concluded his cross-country career with a trip to NCAA Regionals on Nov. 22, 2014. (Ellen O'Brien)
Keenan Huggins-Filozof concluded his cross-country career with a trip to NCAA Regionals on Nov. 22, 2014. (Ellen O'Brien)

NASHUA, N.H. – Felician College sent a contingent of three runners to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II East Regional Men's Cross-Country Championship, co-hosted by Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon at Mine Falls Park.

A field of 191 runners entered the regional, which at 10,000 meters was two kilometers longer than most regular-season races. Sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was the only Golden Falcon to cross the finish line among the top half of the throng, placing 47th overall in 33 minutes, five seconds. It was the 10th-fastest 10K time in program history.

Felician's only senior, Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township), concluded his career at the regional and clocked a time of 35:23. He finished in 109th place. Huggins-Filozof is a three-time all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree.

Freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) also represented Felician on Saturday. He crossed the finish line in 40:15 and ended up 175th. The Golden Falcons did not qualify for a team score.

American International College easily won the regional championship with 33 points, placing four runners among the top 10 finishers. Stonehill College (90) and Roberts Wesleyan College (95) captured the East's other two bids into the NCAA Division II National Championship race, with RWC edging Franklin Pierce (110) for the final spot.

AIC junior Mike Biwott won his second consecutive regional race. His time of 30:34 was 45 seconds faster than runner-up Nicholas Filippazzo of Adelphi University.