PHILADELPHIA, PA (Sunday, October 23, 2011) – “The Perfect Race Day” is what many thought on this sunny 63 degree morning at the Central Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The Running Warriors fought hard and took 6th place.
Holy Family finished 5th overall, Bloomfield 4th place, Wilmington University took 3rd, Philadelphia University came in 2nd place, and Felician College respectably earned the 1st place spot with 25 points to win the championship title.
Senior, and Captain Stuart Guild individually placed in the Top-20 coming in an impressive 16th place out of a field of 70. The junior from Felician College, Rob Albano won the 8,000 meter course in 26:35 – beating the 2010 defending champion Bill Steele from Wilmington University, who trailed only 10 seconds after Albano.
“You ran the most beautiful race I’ve ever seen you run” – says Head Coach Wendy Muckell to Steele. She knows first hand what it feels like being in the position of defending a championship title as Coach Muckell won the women’s conference race back in her time for both her junior and senior year (2004/5).
Finishing after Guild, was sophomore Joubert Derival who was 2nd in for the Nyackers, Keith Lindsay was 3rd, Ben Wallin (4th), and Robert Lafond (5th) to round out the first five Warriors out of their seven racers to finish.
Sophomore, Robert Lafond had been held out for several weeks recovering from an injury so not having him healthy played a part to their final outcome. The men were 4th in the conference last year and have now been bumped up to 6th. “Lafond did the best he could do given his circumstances and to go from only being able to bike, to competing the way he did today, I could not be more content because he put it all out there. We are happy our boy is finally running again” - says Assistant Coach Latia Deylii.
The Running Warriors have their next competition on Sunday November 6, 2011 – the NCAA Division II East Region Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.