PHILADELPHIA – Felician College junior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Cross-Country all-conference team after finishing eighth out of 75 entrants in Sunday morning's CACC Championship meet, hosted by Philadelphia University at Belmont Plateau.
As a team, Felician settled for third place, its lowest finish since also placing third in 2009. The Golden Falcons scored 102 points, edging fourth-place Goldey-Beacom College by one point, and finishing 38 points back of runner-up Philadelphia.
All-CACC status was automatically accorded to the race's first 15 finishers. Huggins-Filozof earned the honor for the second time, having also made the all-conference team as a freshman in 2011. On Sunday, he completed the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 41 seconds. It was the first time in his career that he was Felician's frontrunner in any race.
"It was great to see Keenan have his breakout race in our conference championship meet," said 12th-year Felician head coach John Brennan. "He has worked very hard to come back from a season-ending injury last year, and now that work has been rewarded."
Golden Falcon sophomore Tom Cooke (Clarksboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) missed the all-CACC team by one place and six seconds, finishing 16th overall in 28:35. Cooke improved his time from last year's conference championship by nearly two minutes. Freshman Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was 19th with a time of 28:38.
Also in Felician's line-up, and able to raise the point totals of those running behind them, were junior Nick Mardirosian (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) (48th, 32:08) and freshman Connor Gillispie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (63rd, 36:50).
Wilmington (Del.) University captured its second consecutive CACC team title, posting a perfect score of 15 points. The Wildcats claimed the race's top five finishers, and all seven of its entrants earned all-CACC honors.
"It was very impressive to see Wilmington sweep the meet, something that's never been done before in our conference," Brennan said. "You simply have to tip your hat."
Felician will complete its season at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on November 10 in Boston, Mass.