PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's cross country team recorded a fifth-place finish in the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship held on a rainy Saturday afternoon on Belmont Plateau.
Led by 16th-place finish in the 162-runner field from Sergei Cendo (Cumberland, Md./Allegany), Philadelphia accumulated 151 points and had an average team 8-kilometer time of 30 minutes, 29.0 seconds in the 19-team field.
Cendo was Philadelphia's first finisher for the fifth straight race after completing the course in 28:34.7. Ethan Fadale (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) crossed the finish line with a time of 29:10.8 to come home 22nd.
In his first 8K race at Belmont Plateau, Zachary Samalonis (Blackwood, N.J./Highland) posted a time of 29:55.2 for a 30th-place finish. Jake Wong (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) recorded the 57th-place time of 32:04.5, while Charles Griffin (Staten Island, N.Y./McKee) grabbed Philadelphia's final scoring spot with a 32:39.7 to take 64th.
Shane Fleming (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) ended up in the 73rd-position after finishing the race in 33:28.4 Greg Dawson (Springfield, Pa./Friends Centra) had a time of 33:42.3 to claim 76th place. Charles Barilo (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) rounded out the Philadelphia lineup, finishing with the 99th-place time of 35:56.1.
The Keystone Running Club, led by Dylan Mountain's race-winning time of 26:12.4, won the team title with 19 points. Bloomfield was highest-ranking college team in the standings with the runner-up score of 66.
Philadelphia's next race is the Haverford College Invitational on Friday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Haverford College.