RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's track & field team will compete in the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Outdoor Championship meet on Sunday. The event will be hosted by Georgian Court University on its Lakewood, N.J., campus. The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the shot put; track events will commence at 10 a.m.
Felician will be looking to improve on last year's 10th-place finish. The Golden Falcons, a fourth-year varsity intercollegiate program, are led by interim head coach James Pipkins II.
The top two finishers in each event will be named All-CACC. Directions to Georgian Court are available at www.gculions.com/sports/2009/8/28/gcudirections.aspx. The CACC Digital Network will also offer free live streaming video through CollegeTV Ticket at https://tinyurl.com/yar7xsgb.
"We have a great chance to score some points in every event we are entered in," Pipkins said. "We could possibly have more than one all-conference performer. Of course, my main expectation is for everyone to show heart and toughness."
Felician has been bolstered by a sizable group of newcomers in the track events. Freshman Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) is the most recent CACC Track Rookie of the Week after settting program records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at The College of New Jersey on Apr. 28. Classmate Shahiana Odies (Vauxhall, N.J./Benedictine Academy) already owns both Golden Falcon hurdles records, and another freshman, Neuchatel King (Atco, N.J./Hammonton) has been a multi-event standout.
The 4x100-meter relay team, usually comprised of transfer Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris), Alston, Odies and King, recently became the first Felician athletes to complete at The Penn Relays. Another transfer, sophomore Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock), has been the top distance runner.
"Last week our times were better than they've been all year, yet we still feel like they can go lower," said Jazlyn Pipkins, a team quad-captain and niece of the coach. "That gives us confidence heading into the conference meet. We need to believe in each other, and believe in the work we've put in."
The admission charge for the meet is $6 for adults and $3 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens. Children age three years and under will be admitted free. Pets, smoking and other use of tobacco products, and the use of artificial noisemakers are PROHIBITED at the event.
The CACC Women's Track & Field Championship is in its fifth season. Georgian Court is the four-time defending champion. Results of the 2017 meet can be viewed at www.tfrrs.org/results/51461_f.html.