Men's Cross-Country Previews New CACC Championship Course

Junior Andre Francisco was sandwiched by four freshman in the Felician pack on Sept. 16, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)
Junior Andre Francisco was sandwiched by four freshman in the Felician pack on Sept. 16, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)

NEWARK, Del. – The Felician University men's cross-country team took its first look at the newest Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship course on Saturday morning when it competed in the University of Delaware Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park.

Felician sent a contingent of eight runners to the event. The five scorers for the Golden Falcons crossed the finish line two minutes, 16 seconds apart. Junior co-captain Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst), Felician's third finisher on the day, was sandwiched by a quartet of freshmen.

Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) was the Golden Falcons' frontrunner for the second time in as many races. He traversed the 8,000-meter course in 29 minutes, 50 seconds and placed 21st overall out of 86 entrants. Four seconds later came classmate Adam Mahabub (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) who was 22nd in 29:50. Francisco finished 27th with a time of 30:19.

Rounding out the scoring positions for Felician were newcomers Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) (41st, 31:47), and Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) (43rd, 32:06).

The Golden Falcons turned in an eighth place result in the 10-team meet. With 153 points, they were nine behind seventh-place Goldey-Beacom College and 57 better than Holy Family University in ninth. Felician placed sixth out of seven CACC members in attendance.

"It was a humid day on a challenging, unfamiliar course with a young team," said Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "We look forward to returning here for the conference meet stronger and more experienced."

Wilmington (Del.) University came out on top of a tight leaderboard. Wilmington scored 77 points, two fewer than the host and runner up Delaware Track Club and four ahead of the Jefferson Rams. Jefferson senior Milan Duka was the individual champion with a time of 27:04.

Goldey-Beacom will host the 2017 CACC Women's and Men's Cross-Country Championship races on Sunday, October 22. White Clay Creek State Park will stage the meet for the first time.