Men's Cross-Country Previews CACC Championship Course

(Photo of Mark Whaley by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo of Mark Whaley by Steven R. Smith)

PHILADELPHIA – Felician University senior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) and sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) finished among the top 20 runners at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Men's Cross-Country Championship, hosted by Philadelphia University on Saturday afternoon at Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau.

Felician placed ninth out of 19 teams in the final standings of the event, which was also open to non-collegiate squads.

The Jack Saint Clair Memorial is run on the same 8,000-meter course as the upcoming Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship race. The 2016 CACC Championship will be held on Sunday, October 23, at 10 a.m. at Belmont Plateau.

As he has been all season, Secreti was Felician's frontrunner on Saturday. He clocked a time of 28 minutes, 15 seconds, and came in 13th place out of 162 individuals. Francisco turned in a 28:53 and finished 19th.

Four-plus minutes later, the Golden Falcons' next two scorers came across the finish line. Junior Fermando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) ran a 33:10 and was 69th, and senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) finished 75th in 33:31.

Freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was Felician's No. 5 man and was 128th overall. Whaley's time was 39:00.

Felician's total of 246 points was nine behind eighth-place Goldey-Beacom College, and 10 better than Rutgers University-Camden in 10th. The Golden Falcons were sixth out of seven CACC members in attendance.

The Keystone Track Club was the overall team champion with 19 points, and Bloomfield College's 66 points were the day's best among collegiate teams. Keystone's Dylan Mountain was the individual champion in 26:12, and Bloomfield freshman Isaiah Curbelo the top college runner with a time of 27:48.