KINGS PARK, N.Y. – The top four members of the Felician University men's cross-country team registered a season-best placement at the St. Joseph's (L.I.) College Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Sunken Meadow State Park.
In its final tune-up for next weekend's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship meet, Felician finished ninth of 25 schools, its best result relative to the field in 2019. A total of 204 runners finished the 8,000-meter race on a sunny fall afternoon with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s degrees.
Junior Joel Garcia (Passaic, N.J./Passaic) was Felician's frontrunner for the fifth consecutive 2019 race. Garcia ran the course in 28 minutes, 48 seconds, and finished 21st overall. It was a 78-second improvement for Garcia from a year ago on the same course. Senior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished 29th on Saturday, turning in a time of 29:14.
For the second week in a row, freshman Anthony Sarmiento Rodriguez (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) crossed the finish line as the Golden Falcons' No. 3 man. He clocked a 30:41 to place 62nd. Junior Jason Argueta (Fairview, N.J./Cliffside Park) was 73rd in 31:50, and classmate Danny Driscoll (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) finished 97th in 33:07.
The Golden Falcons' 255 points were 14 behind eighth-place Bergen Community College. Pratt Institute totaled 267 points and finished 10th.
The College of New Jersey was the meet champion with 34 points, 12 ahead of Bloomfield College. Bloomfield was the only CACC team to participate other than the Golden Falcons. Pratt freshman MacAlistair Anderson was the individual champion by an 11-second margin, running a 27:19.
The CACC Championship meet is slated for Sunday, October 27 at 9 a.m. at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, Pa.