Felician Places Pair On All-CACC Men's Cross-Country Squad

(Photos by Dave Schofield)
(Photos by Dave Schofield)

PHILADELPHIA – Felician College senior Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township) and sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) were named to the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Cross-Country all-conference team following Sunday morning's CACC Championship meet, hosted by Philadelphia University at Belmont Plateau.

All-CACC status was automatically conferred upon the race's first 15 finishers. Secreti finished third overall out of 82 competitors by traversing the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 39 seconds. His time was 59 seconds faster than what he posted in the same event in 2013, when he finished 19th. He earned CACC postseason honors for the first time.

Huggins-Filozof placed 10th with a time of 28:23. It marks his third appearance on the all-CACC team in three tries. He was injured and missed the conference championship as a sophomore in 2012.

"Mike ran an outstanding race to finish third," said 13th-year Felician head coach John Brennan. "Keenan, who is our only senior, leaves behind being a key part of our 2011 team championship. His three All-CACC teams put him in rare company in our program."

The Golden Falcons ended up in eighth place out of 12 schools in the team standings. They were 29 points behind seventh-place Georgian Court University, and six ahead of the University of the Sciences in ninth. Freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) was Felician's No. 3 man, placing 58th overall. His 33:26 was 11 seconds better than his previous race at Belmont Plateau three weeks ago.

Rounding out the scoring for the Golden Falcons were junior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) (74th, 36:54) and sophomore Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (75th, 38:00).

"Our team ran to its potential," Brennan said. "We look forward to the returning runners improving in the months ahead and posting better times in this meet next year."

Event host Philadelphia University claimed the top two finishers en route to the CACC championship. The Rams out-pointed defending champion and regionally-ranked Wilmington (Del.) University, 45-66.