Men's Cross-Country Starts With Fifth-Place Finish At Ramapo

Joel Garcia finished 17th of 92 in his collegiate debut on Sept. 1, 2017. (Meghan DeCarlo)
Joel Garcia finished 17th of 92 in his collegiate debut on Sept. 1, 2017. (Meghan DeCarlo)

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Felician University men's cross-country team finished in fifth place out of 10 teams at the Ramapo College Season Opener on Friday evening at Deer Path Park.

In a college cross-country meet, each team is allowed to enter an official line-up of seven runners. The top five comprise the team's score, with first place equaling one point, etc. On Friday, four of the Golden Falcons' five scoring slots were taken by newcomers, led by freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic).

Friday's meet was 5,000 meters in length, 3K shorter than most regular-season races. Garcia completed the course in 17 minutes, 11 seconds, and placed 17th out of 92 entrants. Classmate Adam Mahabub (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) crossed the line 26th in 17:30.

Felician's final three scorers finished within four seconds of each other. Freshman Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) placed 35th with a time of 17:51, junior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was 37th in 17:53, and sophomore Bryan Acevedo (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) finished 39th in 17:55.

Felician's 122 points were 20 behind fourth-place Manhattanville College. Raritan Valley Community College was sixth with 183 points.

The host Roadrunners easily won the meet, placing five runners among the top six finishers. Ramapo senior Jeremy Hernandez was the individual champion with a time of 15:37.