WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished third out of 37 entrants, highlighting the Felician University men's cross-country team's trip to the 18th Annual Wilmington University Invitational, hosted by the Wildcats on Saturday morning at Carousel Park. The meet was the first for Felician of the 2018 season.
Thoden, a transfer from Raritan Valley Community College, was participating in his first race as a Golden Falcon. He traversed the 8,000-meter course in a flat 30:00. Thoden was defeated only by a pair of freshmen – Sean Rahill of Holy Family University (28:31) and Brandon Cruz of Wilmington (28:55).
Felician freshman Jorge Dutan (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) turned in a 12th-place result in his college debut, clocking a 31:26. Golden Falcon senior Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) also finished in the top half of the field. His 32:34 was good for 16th place.
Capturing the last two scoring spots for Felician were sophomore Darren Phanord-Riche (Jersey City, N.J./Snyder) (23rd, 33:57), and sophomore Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) (27th, 34:50).
The host Wildcats easily claimed the team championship. Wilmington totaled 19 points, placing five runners among the top seven finishers. The University of the Sciences was the runner-up with 54 points, followed by Felician at 67. Despite Rahill's individual title, Holy Family entered an incomplete team.
Felician next competes at the Philadelphia Metro Championship on Sept. 8. The race, hosted by the Jefferson Rams, will be contested at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, the site of this year's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship meet.