Secreti Repeats As All-CACC Men's Cross-Country Runner

Mike Secreti (l.) with CACC Commissioner Dan Mara after qualifying for the All-CACC team. (Ellen O'Brien)
Mike Secreti (l.) with CACC Commissioner Dan Mara after qualifying for the All-CACC team. (Ellen O'Brien)

PHILADELPHIA – Felician College junior Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was named to the 2015 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Cross-Country all-conference team following Sunday morning's CACC Championship meet, hosted by the University of the Sciences at Belmont Plateau.

All-CACC status was automatically conferred upon the race's first 15 finishers. Secreti finished fifth overall out of 83 competitors by traversing the 8,000-meter course in 28 minutes, 12 seconds. He earned all-conference honors for the second time after finishing third in 2014.

"Mike went for the win today," said first-year Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "He led the race early, struggled in the middle, then passed some guys at the end to finish fifth even though he wasn't at his best. But he showed signs of being an aggressive runner, and if he wants to take that step next year of being a regional-level runner, he needed to have a race like this and go through this process."

Despite entering the minimum five runners, Golden Falcons ended up in seventh place out of 13 schools in the team standings, an improvement of one spot over a year ago. They were 22 points behind sixth-place Post University, and six ahead of Philadelphia University in ninth.

Freshman Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) completed his first postseason race in 25th place with a time of 29:38. Senior Aiden Lynch (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) was Felician's No. 3 man, placing 37th in 30:24. A year ago in the same event on the same course, Lynch finished in 36:54 and was 74th.

Rounding out the scoring for the Golden Falcons were sophomore Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) (56th, 32:44) and junior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights) (69th, 35:43).

"We talked all season about improving, whether that was from meet to meet or from last year to this year," DeCarlo said. "We needed every guy ever week, and the guys got better each week with no hiccups. We got great senior leadership from Aiden Lynch, who made sure guys showed up and did what they were supposed to do. It's a tremendous accomplishment to finish in the top half of the field."

Wilmington (Del.) University claimed four all-conference runners en route to winning the CACC championship. The Wildcats out-pointed runner-up Nyack College, 52-80.

Felician will complete its season by running in the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on Nov. 8 in Hopkinton, N.H.