NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Felician University men's cross-country team ran among several Division-I programs during the 15th Annual Ted Owen Invitational, hosted by Central Connecticut State University on Saturday morning at Stanley Quarter Park.
The four non-Division I schools were scored separately from the meet's nine D-I teams, despite all entrants running together. Among the small schools, Felician finished in second place. Its 44 points were twice as many as champion Monroe College.
The Golden Falcons placed all five of their scorers in the top half of the field. Freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) was team frontrunner for the third time in as many races. He completed the 8,000-meter course in 29 minutes, 11 seconds and placed fourth overall 29 entrants. All three runners ahead of Garcia came from Monroe, including individual champion Alex Masai (26:04).
Junior co-captain Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was Felician's No. 2 man for the first time this season. His time of 29:49 was good for seventh place. Freshman Adam Mahabub (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) ran 30:09 to finish ninth, and no one else crossed the finish line until his Felician classmate Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) came in 10th in 30:45.
Rounding out the scoring positions for Felician was freshman Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon), who was 14th in 31:36.
In the Division-I race, Sacred Heart University emerged victorious with 36 points, edging runner-up Saint Francis (Pa.) University by seven. Saint Francis senior Bryce England won the race, crossing the line in 25:49.