Secreti Wins Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Invitational

Mike Secreti won the Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Invitational on Sept. 19, 2015. (Dave Schofield)
Mike Secreti won the Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Invitational on Sept. 19, 2015. (Dave Schofield)

SEWELL, N.J. – Felician College junior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was the individual champion at the inaugural Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Men's Cross-Country Invitational, hosted by Rowan College at Gloucester County on Saturday afternoon. It was the second invitational victory of Secreti's collegiate career.

Secreti traversed the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 43 seconds, recording an average mile of 5:22.7 to best a field of 93 runners. He crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of runner-up Edward Freisinger of Rowan University.

As a freshman, Secreti won the 2013 NJIT Classic at Branch Brook Park in Newark.

Secreti helped Felician to a seventh-place result out of 11 schools in the team standings. Golden Falcon freshman Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was 34th overall with a time of 29:29, and senior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) placed 58th in 31:54.

Also scoring for Felician were sophomore Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) (65th, 33:06) and junior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (79th, 37:22).

The Golden Falcons were third out of five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance. Overall, they scored 165 points, two behind sixth-place Georgian Court University and 22 ahead of Chestnut Hill College in eighth. Rowan University easily captured the team championship with 22 points. Runner-up United States Merchant Marine Academy scored 77.