GLASSBORO, N.J. – After an idle opening week, a snow-out, Easter weekend, and a meet date change, the Felician University women's track & field team finally opened its 2018 season on Friday by competing at the Oscar Moore Invitational, hosted by Rowan University. The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was pushed up one day due to the potential of inclement weather.
Felician is beginning its fourth season of varsity intercollegiate outdoor women's track & field, and its first guided by interim head coach James Pipkins II.
Sophomore transfer Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) highlighted the Golden Falcons' day by winning the 5,000-meter run. Burgoyne out-kicked her nearest competitor and turned in a time of 21 minutes, 24.78 seconds. Her victory gave Felician 10 of its 14 points on Friday.
The Golden Falcons' other four points came from their 4x100-meter relay team, which finished fifth. The all-freshman quartet of Neuchatel King (Atco, N.J./Hammonton), Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), Shahania Odies (Vauxhall, N.J./Benedictine Academy) and Jessica Herron (Roselle, N.J./St. Anthony-Jersey City) set a Felician record in the event, completing the race in 53.61 seconds.
King established three Felician records in her collegiate debut. In addition to her leg of the 4x100, King ran the 100-meter dash in 13.74 seconds (finishing 12th of 19) and the 100-meter hurdles in 17.35 seconds (10th of 15). The previous 100-meter dash record was held by Arshlene Ceide, while Amanda Nowak had possessed the 100-meter hurdles standard.
Giorvania LeRouge, Melissa Gallo, Taylor Parker, and Hannah Johnson had teamed up for the prior 4x100 record.
Felician finished eighth in the team standings, three points behind Chestnut Hill College. The Golden Falcons were one of three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in the eight-team field.
Ithaca College was the meet champion, out-pointing the host Profs, 227.5-209.5. No other team scored more than 50 points. Rowan easily dominated the men's field, totaling 240.5 points, compared to the 58 of runner-up Chestnut Hill.
Felician is next scheduled to compete in the Temple Owls Invitational on Friday, April 13.