Men's Cross-Country Runs With Deep Field At Kutztown

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Felician University men's cross-country team settled for 17th place in a deep 19-team field at the Kutztown University Division II/III Challenge, held on Saturday morning on the Kutztown North Campus Fields.

Nine of the competing teams entered the race ranked among the top 10 in their NCAA Division II or III region. There were three nationally-ranked D-II teams in the field.

Senior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) led the Felician pack. Secreti traversed the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 24 seconds. He placed 45th among 217 entrants.

Sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J/Lyndhurst) was the only other Golden Falcon to finish in the top half of the field. With a time of 28:12, Francisco crossed the line in 84th place.

Junior Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) was 199th in 34:20, and was followed closely by senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (204th, 35:15). Rounding out the Golden Falcon line-up was freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge), who ran a 37:04 in his first career 8K race and placed 208th.  

Felician totaled 474 points to finish 43 back of 16th place West Chester University. Fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference member Philadelphia University was in 15th with 423 points.

No. 17 nationally-ranked University of Mount Olive won the event with 47 points, 20 better than runner-up and No. 6-ranked Shippensburg University. Mount Olive sophomore Adam Craig was the individual champion in 25:15, completing the course 24 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, teammate Jonathan Dahlke.