PHILADELPHIA – Sergei Cendo (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) and Ethan Fadale (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) earned a place on the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) team to lead Philadelphia University men's cross country to a fourth-place finish at the CACC Championship Sunday morning at Belmont Plateau.
Led by top-15 finishes from Cendo and Fadale, Philadelphia accumulated 136 points in the 13-team event. The Rams had the same point total as Georgian Court, but Philadelphia claimed the fourth position thanks to Cendo's fourth-place finish. The highest finishing Lion came in ninth
Cendo raced his way onto the all-conference team for the first time in his career as he crossed the finish line in fourth with an 8-kilometer time of 27 minutes, 36.3 seconds. He has been Rams' first finisher in all six of the team's races this season. Fadale posted the 15th-place time of 28:56.5 to claim a spot on the All-CACC team for the second straight season.
Zachary Samalonis (Blackwood, N.J./Highland) completed the course in a time of 30:14.0 to record a 31st-place finish, while Jake Wong finished in the 36th spot with a time of 30:27.6. Greg Dawson (Springfield, Pa./Friends Central) had the 52nd-place time of 32:32.8 to claim the final scoring position
Shane Fleming (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) took 56th with a time of 33:13.0. Charles Griffin (Staten Island, N.Y./McKee) was the Rams' final runner as he finished the race in 34:47.1 to end up in 67th.
Led by Ken Fontal's winning time of 27:00.3, Wilmington won its third conference title in four years with 43 points. Bloomfield took second with 45 points and Nayck had the third-place score of 125 points.
Philadelphia will compete in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship in Hopkinton, N.H. on Saturday, Nov. 5.