PHILADELPHIA – Felician University senior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was named to the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Cross-Country all-conference team following Sunday morning's CACC Championship meet, hosted by the University of the Sciences at Belmont Plateau
All-CACC status was automatically conferred upon the race's first 15 finishers. Secreti finished sixth overall out of 86 competitors by completing the 8,000-meter course in 28 minutes, three seconds. He earned all-conference honors for the third time after finishing third in 2014 and fifth last year.
"It was great to see Mike cap off his Felician cross-country career with another all-CACC finish," said second-year Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "Mike went for it today, staying with the leaders during the early stages of the race. We are very proud of his final result."
Sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) improved by eight places and 35 seconds over his performance last year in the same event on the same course. Francisco crossed the finish line 17th in 29:03, missing all-league status by two spots and seven seconds.
"Andre improved nicely from last fall," DeCarlo said. "After starting the race conservatively, he worked his way through the pack, climbing as high as 14th place before the final hill. His result was a hard-fought effort."
Despite entering the minimum five runners, the Golden Falcons ended up in eighth place out of 13 schools in the team standings. They were 38 points behind seventh-place Holy Family University, and 25 ahead of Goldey-Beacom College in ninth. Felician finished seventh last year and eighth in 2014.
Junior Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) was Felician's No. 3 man, placing 56th in 32:49. Right behind in 57th was senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights), who clocked a 33:02. In the same race last year, Gillespie ran a 35:43 and was 69th.
Rounding out the scoring for the Golden Falcons was freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) (78th, 39:49).
Wilmington University edged Bloomfield College, 43-45, to capture the conference championship.
Felician will complete its season at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on November 5 in Hopkinton, N.H.
2016 CACC MEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY AWARDS
Team Champion: Wilmington University
Runner of the Year: Ken Fontal, SR, Wilmington
Rookie of the Year: Isaiah Curbelo, FR, Bloomfield
BSN Sports Coach of the Year: Elson Smajlaj, Bloomfield
Rob Roman Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award: Caldwell University