RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University student-athlete Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) has been voted to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross-Country First Team for NCAA Division II. The teams, which were announced today, are coordinated and selected by CoSIDA.
A 5-foot-11, 145-pound senior, Secreti is an Academic All-American for the second time. He was a Third Team selection in 2016. His selection is the 13th overall for the Golden Falcons in the 21-year history of their athletics program, and he becomes the fourth two-time honoree.
Secreti is Felician's first male First-Team Academic All-American, joining women's basketball standout Janelle Biamonte in 2010 as the only Golden Falcons so recognized. A complete list of Felician's CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and Academic All-District honorees can be viewed at www.felicianathletics.com/information/Ac-A-A.
"Mike gave our program all that he could during his tenure here," said Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "From quality performances, to strong leadership, to a legacy of academic excellence, his shoes will be hard to fill."
In the 2016 cross-country season, Secreti finished sixth in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Cross-Country Championship race, earning all-CACC honors for the third time. Two weeks later, he placed 56th at the NCAA Division II East Regional. He posted top-five finishes at the Ramapo College Season Opener (4th/74) and the Caldwell University Cougar Chase (3rd/67). Felician does not sponsor varsity men's track & field.
A three-time member of the Academic All-CACC Team, Secreti is a two-time winner of the CACC's Top XV Award, given to the runner with the highest cumulative grade-point average at the conference championship meet. He was the CACC's Student-Athlete of the Month in September 2015, and has twice earned an All-Academic Individual award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. He is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honor Society.
Secreti is a psychology major with a cumulative GPA of 3.99. He is a 2013 graduate of Paramus High.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America® program in the 1950s and, since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite scholar-athlete honors. The entire set of 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women's and Men's Track & Field/Cross-Country teams can be accessed at http://cosida.com/documents/2017/6/22//AcAA_17trackxc_D2.pdf?id=2341.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.