BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Felician University men's cross-country team ran its fastest 8,000-meter race of the season, but settled for 27th place out of 36 complete teams in the College White Race at the 44th Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on Friday afternoon on Lehigh's Goodman Campus.
The Paul Short Run is annually the largest intercollegiate cross-country meet in the nation. Approximately 6,000 student-athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools were scheduled to complete over 14 races in the day-long event. The Men's College White Race saw 283 racers complete 8,000 meters.
All five Felician runners who finished the race set season-best times for 8K. Furthermore, the combined times for the five Golden Falcons scorers totaled six minutes faster than the corresponding times from the same race in 2016. Nevertheless, Felician finished six slots lower in the team standings than a year ago in a tremendously competitive field.
Freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) was the Golden Falcons' top finisher for the fourth time in as many races in 2017. He crossed the finish line in 28 minutes, seven seconds, and was the 117th man across. He was the only Felician entrant to finish in the top half of the field.
Freshman Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) finished 168th in 28:49. He was followed closely by Felician junior co-captain Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst), who was 176th in 28:59.
Rounding out the scoring positions for the Golden Falcons were freshman Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) (208th, 29:52) and sophomore Bryan Acevedo (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (235th, 31;04).
Felician's 813 points were seven more than 26th-place University of the Sciences, and 41 fewer than Hunter College in 28th. The Golden Falcons were fifth out of five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.
Southern Connecticut State University, the No. 5-ranked team in the NCAA Division II East Region, won the meet with 134 points. The Owls were 16 points better than runner-up Swarthmore College. Wentworth Institute of Technology senior Alex Robbins was the individual champion in 25:39.
In the top-tiered College Gold Race, Utah State University was the champion by a comfortable 48-point margin over runner-up Georgetown University. The race was won by Utah State senior Dillon Maggard (23:27).