BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Felician University senior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished 12th out of 266 runners in the Men's College White Race of the 43rd Annual Paul Short Run cross-country event, hosted by Lehigh University on its Goodman Campus on Saturday afternoon.
Secreti, who traveled the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 45 seconds, led Felician to a 21st-place result out of 34 schools in the team standings.
The Paul Short Run is one of the nation's largest cross-country meets. Approximately 6,000 runners from nearly 450 colleges and high schools competed in seeded races throughout the morning and afternoon.
Three of the other four Golden Falcons participants set their personal best 8K times, including sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst), who posted a 27:18. Francisco, who finished in 36th place, shaved 1:19 off his previous collegiate best effort, set last year at the same meet.
For the third consecutive meet this season, junior Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) was Felician's No. 3 man. Gomez place 184th with a time of 31:05.
Felician senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) and freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) also established personal bests. Gillespie, who placed 214th, ran the course in 32:33. His previous low 8K of 32:56 came at NJIT as a freshman. Whaley's 35:24 was 1:40 faster than his time at Kutztown University two weeks ago. He ended up in 245th place on Saturday.
Felician totaled 593 points to finish 22 behind 20th-place Georgian Court University The Golden Falcons edged 22nd-place Howard Community College by one point. Felician was fifth out of seven Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.
Cortland State University won the team championship with 87 points, 39 fewer than the runner-up University of Mary Washington. Gettysburg College senior Ben Taber was the individual winner in 25:39.