RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college junior Jake Thoden (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) has transferred to Felician University and signed a National Letter of Intent for men's cross-country, Felician first-year head coach Elson Smajlaj announced today.
Thoden, 6-foot-2 and 158 pounds, comes to the Golden Falcons by way of Raritan Valley Community College of Branchburg. He is a two-time First-Team All-Region honoree, and helped the Lions to a pair of berths in the NJCAA Division III national championship meet.
"I expect Jake to come in an immediately be a leader on our team," Smajlaj said. "He has the ability to be a top-three runner for us."
Thoden is a 2015 graduate of Hillsborough High School. He was a two-year varsity letterwinner for the Raiders. He has two years of cross-country eligibility at Felician, where he intends to major in criminal justice.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons are slated to open the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 at the Wilmington (Del.) University Invitational.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.