Golden Falcon Men Run 14th At Stockton

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Joel Garcia ran a personal best 8k of 27:59 at the 2019 Osprey Open. (Meghan DeCarlo)

GALLOWAY, N.J. – Felician University junior Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) ran his fastest collegiate 8,000-meter race as the Golden Falcons' men's cross-country team finished 14th at the Osprey Open, hosted by Stockton University on Saturday morning.

Garcia crossed the finish line in 27 minutes, 59 seconds. He was Felician's top performer for the second consecutive race and placed 50th overall out of 210 runners. Garcia's previous 8K PR was 28:07 as a freshman at the 2017 Paul Short Run at Lehigh University.

Freshman Anthony Sarmiento Rodriguez (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) and junior Jhasim Dunn (Newark, N.J./Cristo Rey) also established personal records. Sarmiento Rodriguez ran a 31:25 and finished 133rd, while Dunn's 43:36 was good for 203rd place.

Senior captain Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was the only Golden Falcon other than Garcia to end up among the top half of the field. Thoden turned in a time of 30:05 and was 101st. Junior Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) completed the course 20 seconds behind Thoden and was 113th.

Sarmiento Rodriguez was the No. 4 man for Felician. Junior Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) (164th, 34:10) rounded out the Golden Falcons' scoring slots.

The Golden Falcons scored 399 points, the same number as Arcadia University. They were slotted behind the Knights in the final standings via the "sixth-man" tiebreaker. Both squads were 13 points back of 12th place Ocean County College. Felician ended up 28 points ahead of St. Mary's (Md.) College in 15th and was third out of four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.

Rowan College easily captured the team championship with 22 points, putting five runners among the top seven finishers. The host Ospreys were the runners-up with 89 points. Stockton junior Daniel Do won the individual title with a time of 25:50, eight seconds faster than Ramapo sophomore Steve Fiumefreddo.

Felician has next weekend off before attending the NJIT Highlander Challenge at Branch Brook Park in Newark on Oct. 5.