Monmouth freshmen Stone Caraccio of Kingsway and Ian Moore of Monmouth easily advanced iced to Sunday’s 800 finals at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Lawrenceville.
Caraccio, running in the first of five heats, ran 1:53.39, and Moore, running in the second heat, ran 1:54.12.
Damien Dilcher of Iona was the top qualifier, running 1:52.93 in the first heat.
The winner of each heat and the next three fastest runners advanced to the eight-runner final, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Moore is considered the No. 2 seed as the second-fastest auto qualifier. Caraccio is the No. 6 seed although he had the second-fastest qualifying time since he was the fastest non-winning qualifier.
Overall, Dilcher, Caraccio and Moore were the three-fastest of the 34 entries.
Other finalists are Nick Soldevere of Iona, Louis DiLaurenzio of Monmouth and Kevin Heredia, Tamrat Snyder and Mike Mazzei of Rider.
So the field consists of three half-milers from Rider, three from Monmouth and two from Iona.
Heredia, DiLaurenzio, Snyder and Moore have all run under 1:52 this year. Caraccio has run 1:52.32.
Snyder, Moore, Dilcher, Caraccio and Soldevere are all freshmen.