PHILADELPHIA – The Felician University men's cross-country team previewed the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship course when it participated in the 38th Annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Plateau. The event was hosted by the Jefferson Rams.
Felician will return to Belmont Plateau on October 28 for the CACC Championship race. That meet will also be hosted by Jefferson.
On Saturday, the Golden Falcons ranked eighth out of 15 competing schools. Nine CACC members made the trip to Philadelphia, and Felician was seventh among them.
Junior transfer Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was Felician's frontrunner. Thoden completed 8,000 meters in 29 minutes, 38 seconds, and crossed the finish line 26th out of 135 entrants. He was 88 seconds ahead of his nearest teammate.
The Golden Falcons' next three finishers came across in a 30-second span. Freshman Jorge Dutan (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) was 54th in 31:06, and sophomore Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) followed with a 31:28, good for 60th. Three spots later in 63rd place was senior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) (31:36).
Sophomore Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) nabbed Felician's final scoring position. His time of 33:01 was good for 78th overall and fifth on the team.
The Golden Falcons' 227 points were 10 behind seventh-place University of the Sciences. They finished 25 points ahead of Holy Family University, which ended up ninth.
Wilmington (Del.) University edged Stockton University, 55-57, for the team title. Georgian Court University junior Hussein Elmeshad won the race by clocking a 27:32.
Felician is next in action on September 21 at the Goldey-Beacom College Fall Classic in Wilmington, Del.