RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University women's track & field coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. has received five in-state athlete commitments from current high-school seniors who have signed national letters of intent (NLI) to continue their careers with the Golden Falcons.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons, who are varsity only for the outdoor season, will enter their fourth intercollegiate season in 2018, including their third guided by DeCarlo. Felician finished 10th in the 2017 CACC Championship meet.
Felician will enter the 2018 campaign expecting 11 scholarship newcomers. Three athletes – jumper Sierra Epps (Somerset, N.J./Franklin), middle-distance runner Kayla Hightower (Camden, N.J./Camden Academy) and jumper/hurdler Jules Kulesha (Ringwood, N.J./Lakeland Regional) – committed to the Golden Falcons during the NCAA early signing-period in November. Three others recently signed NLIs for cross-country but also intend to compete in track & field
Felician's five regular-period women's track and field signees are profiled below.
Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), 5-foot-8, was a sprinter for Old Bridge High and for the Super Sonics Track Club. The school-record holder in the 200 meters, she won that event in the 2017 Central Group 4 sectionals. She concluded her scholastic career with seventh-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 meters at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. An academic honor roll student, Alston intends to major in international business at Felician. "Aasiyah's personal bests set her up as an immediate contributor to our team's scoring chances," DeCarlo said. "Her desire to succeed in the classroom and potential to succeed on the track made her a valuable addition to our program."
Anna Belovsky (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) was a 5-foot-2 thrower for Manalapan High. Her strongest event is the shot put, in which she placed 13th in the 2017 Monmouth County Indoor Championships. Her personal best outdoor shot is 28 feet, five inches. Belovsky expects to study nursing. "Anna's personal best in the shot put places her well within our all-time top 10," DeCarlo said. "Felician was a good fit for her academically, and we were happy to add her this spring."
Nichole Glenn (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) is a 2016 graduate of Piscataway High, where she completed in sprints and hurdles. She finished 31st in the 100 meter dash in the Greater Middlesex Conference Championships, and owns a personal-best of 19.50 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. The 5-foot Glenn is likely to major in biology. "Following a year away from the sport, Nichole is a welcome addition to the sprint/hurdle group," DeCarlo said. "She will offer versatility and depth as she returns to form."
Jessica Herron (Roselle, N.J./St. Anthony-Jersey City) was a multi-event performer for St. Anthony High of Jersey City, where she was coached by her father, James. She was a member of the school-record setting 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay teams, and also participated in volleyball and cheerleading for the Friars. The 5-foot Herron will study psychology. "Jessica will compete in sprints, jumps and throws for us and is an excellent addition to our relay pool," DeCarlo said. "We are excited to see her transition into a college-level athlete."
Neuchatel King (Atco, N.J./Hammonton) was a 5-foot-6 sprinter and hurdler for Hammonton High. Her 2015 outdoor 4x100-meter relay team reached the NJSIAA Group 3 Championship meet. More recently, she finished sixth in both the 100 meters and the high jump at the 2017 outdoor Tri-County Conference Championships. King is considering criminal justice and English as possible majors. "The sprints, jumps and relay groups will benefit from Neuchatel's varied successes at Hammonton," DeCarlo said. "After connecting with her this spring, it became apparent that she would be an excellent addition."