Men’s Cross Country Places Fourth at 17-Team Osprey Open, Two Rams in Top-5

Men’s Cross Country Places Fourth at 17-Team Osprey Open, Two Rams in Top-5


POMONA, N.J. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's cross country team placed fourth at the Stockton-hosted Osprey Open on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.

Two Rams finished in the top five for Jefferson in the 17-team, 151-competitor, eight-kilometer event.

Graduate student Milan Duka turned in his second runner-up finish of the season, crossing the finish with a time of 26:17.8 for a mile pace of 5:17.4 in the race. Ramapo's Jeremy Hernandez won the meet with a time of 25:58.3 (5:13.5 pace). Duka has two first-place finishes on the campaign.

Junior Ethan Fadale placed fourth overall in the Open and second on the Rams. The Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania native owned a final time of 26:53.6 (5:24.6).

Freshman Ben Nardi finished third for Jefferson and 29th overall, averaging a pace of 5:42.3 for a total time of 28:22.0.

Junior Valmar Wilson came in 44th overall at 29:00.6 (5:50.1 pace).

Senior Jake Wong rounded out the top-five finishers for the Rams on Saturday as he crossed with a time of 29:34.9 (5:57.0), good for 52nd overall.

1. Ramapo, 2. TCNJ, 3. Stockton, 4. Jefferson, 5. Middlesex CC, 6. Suffolk CC, 7. Holy Family, 8. RC – Gloucester CC, 9. St. Mary's (Md.), 10. Rutgers-Camden, 11. Rutgers-Newark, 12. Ocean County College, 13. Lehman, 14. Camden County College, 15. Centenary (N.J.), 16. New Jersey City. 17. St. Elizabeth

Jefferson Cross Country returns to action on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.