RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) has been chosen as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Cross-Country Rookie of the Week for the period ending Oct. 15, the CACC announced today. Garcia is the first Felician cross-country athlete to collect a CACC weekly award this season.
Garcia was chosen on the strength of his performance in the Jersey Blues Invitational, hosted by Brookdale Community College on Saturday. He finished seventh out of 48 runners by completing the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 38 seconds. It was the second-fastest 5K time in program history.
More information is available at http://caccathletics.org/sports/xc/2017-18/releases/1017MPOW.
Garcia has been Felician's frontrunner in five out of six races this season, with a season-best 8,000-meter time of 28:07. He is a 2017 graduate of Passaic High School.
Also on Tuesday, Felician women's soccer junior midfielder Sami Lederle (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) was chosen for that sport's CACC Weekly Honor Roll.
The Felician men's cross-country team is guided by third-year head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. of Saddle Brook. Garcia and the Golden Falcons are next in action on Sunday, when they travel to White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del., for the 2017 CACC Championship meet.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.