WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Senior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished fourth and sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was 14th to lead the Felician University men's cross-country team to fourth place out of nine teams at the Ramapo College Season Opener on Friday evening at Garret Mountain Reservation.;
The race, which contained 74 male entrants, was run on a 5,000-meter course, three kilometers shorter than most regular-season races. Secreti and Francisco were the only two of the top 14 finishers who did not come from the host and champion Roadrunners or runner-up Bloomfield College.
Secreti completed the course in 16 minutes, 52 seconds, while Francisco ran it in 17:35.
Junior Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) was the No. 3 man for the Golden Falcons, clocking a 20:19 to place 46th. Freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was 61st in his collegiate debut with a time of 22:39, Felician senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) finished 64th in 23:03.
A college cross-country meet is scored by adding the placement of the top five finishers of each school, with lowest total winning A team can enter as many as seven runners, with the sixth and seventh entrants allowed to displace the top five of the opposition. On Friday, Felician's 137 points were 17 behind third-place Bergen Community College and four fewer than Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in fifth.
Ramapo put seven runners among the first 12 finishers, including the top three, and easily won the event with 18 points. Bloomfield totaled 50 points to finish second. Roadrunner junior Jeremy Hernandez was the individual champion with a time of 16:10.