Men's Cross-Country Makes Return Trip To Belmont Plateau

Cross-country runners in pack at race start - close up.
Anthony Sarmiento Rodriguez was Felician's No. 3 man at the 2019 Jack Saint Clair Memorial. (Steven R. Smith)

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time this season, the Felician University men's cross-country team ran a regular-season race at Belmont Plateau inside Fairmont Park. On Saturday afternoon the Golden Falcons finished in 14th place out of 18 teams at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Invitational, hosted by the Jefferson Rams.

Felician will return to Belmont Plateau for the 2019 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship meet on October 27. That event will be hosted by Chestnut Hill College.

The Golden Falcons placed two runners among the top third of Saturday's field of 160 finishers. Junior Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) traversed the 8,000-meter course in 29 minutes, 51 seconds and slid into 28th place. Felician senior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsbourough) placed 46th by running a 30:56. Both men sliced more than 30 seconds off their first time this season at Belmont, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship on Sept. 7.

Felician's No. 3 man was freshman Anthony Sarmiento Rodriguez (Somerset, N.J./Franklin), who turned in a time of 33:00, good for 90th place. Junior Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) finished 95th in 33:31, and junior Jhasim Dunn (Newark, N.J./Cristo Rey) completed the team scoring in 154th place (43:39).

The Golden Falcons No. 3, 4, and 5 men all ran a minute-plus faster than the Philly Metro meet.

Felician scored 330 points. It was edged by 13th-place Rutgers University-Newark by two points and finished eight ahead of Rutgers University-Camden in 15th. The Golden Falcons were seventh out of eight CACC members in attendance.

The meet was open to non-collegiate teams and was won by the Philadelphia Runner Track Club with 25 points. Runner-up Wilmington (Del.) University was the top NCAA team with 46 points. Chestnut Hill senior Ziggy Fisher was the individual champion in 27:09, a comfortable 13 seconds ahead of second-place Garret Checci of Wilmington.

Felician is scheduled to compete in the St. Joseph's (N.Y.) College Invitational on Oct. 19 in Kings Park, N.Y.