Men's Cross-Country Blazes Brookdale Trails For Runner-Up Spot

Walk-on Bryan Acevedo has been a scorer in all three races he has entered this season. (Meghan DeCarlo)
Walk-on Bryan Acevedo has been a scorer in all three races he has entered this season. (Meghan DeCarlo)

LINCROFT, N.J. – The Felician University men's cross-country team saw four runners break 17 minutes for 5,000 meters at the Jersey Blues Invitational, hosted by Brookdale Community College on its Lincroft campus on Saturday morning. Felician finished second in the team standings.

Before Saturday, only one Felician male had run a sub-17 minute 5K in an official college race – Mike Secreti, who had done so twice. Freshman Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) came within 22 seconds of Secreti's school record on Saturday when he completed the course in 16 minutes, 38 seconds. Garcia, the Golden Falcons' frontrunner for the fifth time in as many starts, was seventh overall out of 48 entrants.

The next three members of Felician's pack completed the race within nine seconds of each other. Junior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was 12th in 16:46, followed immediately by 13th-place freshman teammate Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) (16:47). Sophomore and first-year college runner Bryan Acevedo (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) ran a 16:55, a one-minute improvement over his previous 5,000-meter race, and placed 16th.

Rounding out the scoring positions for the Golden Falcons was freshman Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon), who finished 19th. His time of 17:16 gave Felician a spread of just 0:38 among its top five.

Also in Felician's official line-up were senior Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) (30th, 18:51) and sophomore Derrick Washington (Newark, N.J./Weequahic) (37th, 19:54).

Felician's 59 points were 10 more than event champion Raritan Valley Community College. The Golden Falcons edged out Delaware Technical Community College by one point for the runner-up spot. DelTech's Sean Saxton was the individual champion, with a time of 15:51.

Some members of the Golden Falcons will compete again on Sunday in the Caldwell University Cougar Chase, another 5,000-meter affair. For others, Saturday was their final meet until the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship race, which will be run at the usual regular-season distance of 8,000 meters on Sunday, October 22, in Newark, Del.