BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Felician College junior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished in 21st place out of 308 entrants in the College White Race at the 42nd Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on its Goodman Campus on Friday afternoon.
Felician entered the Paul Short Run, one of the largest cross-country events in the country, for the first time since 2012. Senior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) was the only Golden Falcon who had previously competed in it.
Despite the raw, wet conditions, Secreti traversed the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 41 seconds. He was the top finisher among members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
The Felician contingent was well spaced out at the finish line. Freshman Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was the Golden Falcons' No. 2 man, crossing the line in 101st place with a time of 28:04. Lynch ran a 29:30, which was good for 175th place
Also scoring for Felician were sophomore Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) (229th, 30:56), who ran a personal-best time, and junior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (296th, 35:49).
The Golden Falcons placed 26th out of 39 schools in the team standings with 709 points, including fourth of seven CACC members. Felician was 10 points behind 25th-place Keystone College, and 28 better than Marywood College in 27th.
The University of Mary Washington scored 145 points to capture a narrow victory over runner-up Misericordia University (153 points) and third-place Gettysburg College (154). The College of Saint Rose was the lowest-scoring Division-II institution, finished sixth with 202 points. Southern Connecticut State University senior Dieter Gutbrod was the individual champion with a time of 25:25.
More information is available at www.paulshortxcrun.com.