by Kristen Keller, Sports Information Student Assistant
The Felician University men's and women's cross country teams will be competing in the CACC Championship meet on Sunday, October 23. The event will be hosted by the University of the Sciences at Belmont Plateau, inside Fairmont Park in Philadelphia. The women's 5,000-meter race will begin at 9 a.m., with the men's 8,000-meter competition following at 10 a.m.
The women are hoping to improve from their 11th place finish in last year's championship race, while the men strive to surpass their seventh-place result in 2015. Both Felician teams are led by second-year head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr.
The top 15 individual finishers in each race will be named All-CACC. Directions to Belmont Plateau are available at http://www.devilsathletics.com/information/directions/Campus_Venues. The CACC also plans to provide free live video streaming at or around the finish line at http://tinyurl.com/j9nou4e.
The Golden Falcon women are led by senior co-captains Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) and Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional). Roldan was an All-CACC performer as a freshman in 2013, and has been Felician's No. 1 runner for the past two years. On Oct. 17, she was named the CACC Runner of the Week. Rohsler is also a four-year veteran and has consistently been the No. 2 runner in 2016.
The Golden Falcons also have junior transfer Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) bringing experience onto the course. The rest of the line-up consists of true freshmen -- Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge), Orquidea Maldonado (Newark, N.J./Technology), Arshlene Ceide (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark), and Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth).
Philadelphia University won the CACC women's championship in 2015.
The Felician men continue to improve, with senior captain Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) at the head of the pack. A 2015-16 Academic All-American, Secreti is seeking his third All-CACC nod.
Sophomore Andre Francisco (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) is also a contender for posteseason honors. Junior Fernando Gomez has been the steady No. 3 man, and the performances of senior Connor Gillespie (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights), and freshman Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) will be important toward helping the Golden Falcons reach their goal of placing in the top six.
Wilmington University took the title of CACC men's champion in 2015.