CALDWELL, N.J. – Freshman Adam Mahabub (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) was the Felician University frontrunner for the first time this season, highlighting the Golden Falcons' trip to the Cougar Chase men's cross-country meet, hosted by Caldwell University on Sunday morning. The course traversed the Caldwell campus and the adjoining Mount Saint Dominic Academy.
The race was run over 5,000 meters – three kilometers shorter than most regular-season college men's races. Many Felician runners took the opportunity to compete twice this weekend on short courses – Saturday's Jersey Blues Invitational at Brookdale Community College was also contested on a 5,000-meter course.
In fact, Mahabub was the only Felician entrant on Sunday who did not also run at Brookdale on Saturday. Running all out on fresh legs, Mahabub posted a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds, and placed 16th out of 76 individuals.
The rest of Felician's scorers ran together in a pack, and crossed the finish line within a second of each other. Freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) was credited with 47th place and a time of 21:12.77. He was followed by freshman Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) (48th, 21:13.02), junior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) (49th, 21:13.50) and sophomore Bryan Acevedo (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) (50th, 21:13.72).
The Golden Falcons placed sixth out of nine complete teams in the final standings. Their 162 points were 22 behind fifth-place Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, and nine ahead of Pratt Institute in seventh.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy easily won the meet with 23 points, placing five men among the top seven finishers. Purchase College was the distant runner-up with 62 points. USMMA's Austin MacElrevey was the individual champion. His time of 16:45 was 26 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.
Felician next competes at the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship race, to be hosted on an 8,000-meter course by Goldey-Beacom College on Sunday, October 22, at 10 a.m. at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del.