BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Five members of the Felician University men's cross-country teams produced season-best 8,000-meter times at the 45th annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on Saturday afternoon on its Goodman Campus.
The Paul Short Run is annually the largest intercollegiate cross-country meet in the nation. Saturday's version saw approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools participate. The three men's college races were tiered by past performance; Felician joined 35 other small-college teams in the "White" race.
Led by junior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), the Golden Falcons showed in 26th place. Thoden shaved nearly a minute off his previous season-low time, traversing the course in 28 minutes, 16 seconds. He came in 80th place out of 292 participants.
Felician freshman Jorge Dutan (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) and sophomore Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) each eclipsed 30 minutes for the first time in 2018. Dutan clocked in at 29:31 and finished 152nd, while Garcia's 29:50 was good for 163rd.
Sophomore Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) was the Golden Falcons' No. 4 man, his highest team placement this season. He ran a 30:34, taking 1:12 off of his season-best time, and finished 196th. Senior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was Felician's final scorer (213th, 31:06).
Sophomore Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) ran 1:19 faster than any other race this year, posting a 33:28 to place 243rd.
The Golden Falcons scored 702 points. They were 14 behind 25th-place King's (Pa.) College and eight ahead of Goldey-Beacom College in 27th. Felician finished fourth out of six Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.
Ramapo College captured the championship with 105 points, 16 fewer than runner-up Swarthmore College. New York Institute of Technology sophomore Noah Simatei was the individual winner, crossing the finish line in 25:54.
Felician will participate in the NJIT Highlander Challenge on Oct. 6 at Branch Brook Park in Newark, N.J.