Men's X-C Ends Regular Season With Ninth Place At SJC

Jason Argueta and the Golden Falcons were ninth in the 2018 St. Joseph's (N.Y.) College Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)
Jason Argueta and the Golden Falcons were ninth in the 2018 St. Joseph's (N.Y.) College Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)

KINGS PARK, N.Y. – The Felician University men's cross-country team concluded its 2018 regular season by finishing ninth out of 30 schools at the St. Joseph's (N.Y.) College Invitational, hosted by the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Sunken Meadow State Park.

The meet was Felician's final competitive preparation for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship, to be held on October 28.

Felician was a part of a large and diverse field on Saturday, which included schools from all three NCAA divisions plus the NJCAA. The Golden Falcons were second out of three Division II schools in attendance, finishing between Molloy College (third) and Queens (N.Y.) College (16th).

All five Golden Falcon scorers were part of the top third of the 249-runner field. Felician was led by its usual duo of junior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and freshman Jorge Dutan (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack). Thoden was 13th overall with an 8,000-meter time of 28 minutes, 47 seconds, while Dutan placed 29th in 29:14.

The rest of Felician's scorers ran tightly together. Sophomore Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) clocked a 30:06 and was 54th. Classmate Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) came in 71st by completing the course in 30:33. The Golden Falcons' only senior, Andre Fransicso (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) was four spots behind, placing 75th after running 30:46.

The Golden Falcons scored 192 points. They were just seven points behind eighth-place Purchase College, but 87 ahead of Farmingdale State University in 10th.

Divison-I Fordham University captured the championship with 45 points, placing five racers among the top 15 finishers. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy scored 70 points for runner-up status. Molloy senior Brian Michaels was the individual winner in 27:28, 22 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

The CACC Championship race will be hosted by the Jefferson Rams at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, Pa.