Felician Men's Cross-Country Captures GBC Classic

(Courtesy GBC Athletics)
(Courtesy GBC Athletics)

WILMINGTON, Del. – Led by a third-place finish from junior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), the Felician University men's cross-country team finished first in the team standings at the 17th Goldey-Beacom College Classic on Friday morning at Carousel Park.

Felician won a meet for the first time in more than five years. The Golden Falcons captured the NJIT Classic on Sept. 14, 2013, in Newark, N.J. On Friday, Felician followed up a victory by its women's team in the Goldey-Beacom Classic.

Forty male runners entered the race, and Felician claimed four of the top eight. Thoden was the Golden Falcons' frontrunner for the third consecutive event. He traversed 8,000 meters in a season-best 29 minutes, 14 seconds.

The Golden Falcons' next three finishers came across in a 21-second span. Freshman Jorge Dutan (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) was sixth in 30:21, and sophomore Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) followed with a 30:30, good for seventh. Right behind in eighth place was senior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) (30:46).

Sophomore Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) nabbed Felician's final scoring position for the second meet in a row. His time of 31:46 was good for 13th overall and fifth on the team.

The Golden Falcons' 37 points were 24 fewer than runner-up Goldey-Beacom. Bergen Community College finished third with 78 points in the five-school field.

Jono Hooper of the host Lightning was the individual champion, clocking a 27:51. Harford Community College's Hassan Eissa ran a 28:38 and was the only other competitor to finish ahead of Thoden.

Felician next competes on Sept. 29 at Lehigh University's Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.