Felician Finishes Ninth At CACC Women's Track & Field Championship

Amanda Nowak scored in three events, including both hurdles races, at the CACC Championship on May 1. (Ellen O'Brien)
Amanda Nowak scored in three events, including both hurdles races, at the CACC Championship on May 1. (Ellen O'Brien)

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Newcomer Amanda Nowak (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) scored a team-high 12 points as Felician University competed to a ninth-place finish out of 10 teams at the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Georgian Court University on Sunday.

Felician, a second-year program, scored 28 points on Sunday, an improvement over the nine it tallied in 2015. The Golden Falcons scored points in 10 different events, a school record for any meet.

Nowak, a scholarship soccer player at Felician, was making her collegiate track & field debut. She scored in three events. In the long jump, she set a school record with a leap of 4.85 meters, and nearly earned all-conference honors, finishing third out of 18 competitors. She also became the first Golden Falcon to ever participate in a hurdles race, scoring in both the 100 meters (8th/15, 18.89 seconds) and the 400 meters (4th/8, 1:18.20).

Junior Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) was the only other Felician competitor to score in more than one individual event. Competing in the 5,000-meter run for the first time, Roldan ran the race in 20:06.26 and was fifth out of 17 entrants. She also picked up a point in the 1,500-meter run, placing eighth out of 21 (5:22.17).

Junior Success Edioma (Newark, N.J./East Side) broke her own school record in the triple jump, covering 9.57 meters. She finished seventh out of 11 entrants.

Also scoring individually for Felician were graduate student Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) and junior Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional). Bialy was the first Golden Falcon to ever compete in the 10,000-meter run, traversing the track in 46:13.02, a time good for sixth place out of 11 entrants. Rohsler was eighth out of 20 in the 800 meters (2:39.17).

The Golden Falcons also picked up points in both relay races. They ended fifth in the 4x100 meters and eighth in the 4x400, running the latter for the first time in program history.