PHILADELPHIA – After an 11th-place outcome a year ago, the Felician College women's cross-country team came in third at the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship, hosted by Philadelphia University on Sunday morning at Belmont Plateau. Felician posted its best team result in the event since 2008, when it was also third.
Felician scored 108 points, edging fourth-place University of the Sciences by four. It was 69 points behind the runner-up, Philadelphia.
Leading the way for the Golden Falcons was true freshman Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge), who crossed the finish line 12th out of 86 competitors. By CACC rules, the first 15 finishers in the race were automatically named to the all-conference team, and Roldan became the first Felician female to attain that status since Sarah Root in 2010. She traversed the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes flat.
"It was great to see Sabrina make the all-conference team as a freshman," said 12th-year Felician head coach John Brennan. "Having a talented newcomer like her at the top of the pack is a big reason for our improvement."
Felician's five scoring runners had a spread of 70 seconds, including just 36 seconds for the four after Roldan. Junior Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) was 19th, her best career CACC showing, with a time of 21:44, and closely behind in 20th place was classmate Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J./St. Mary-Rutherford) in 21:46.
Freshman Katie Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) ran 22nd in 21:52, and junior Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) clocked a 22:20 and placed 36th. Both Sarracino and Rossi shaved nearly two minutes off of their time in the 2012 CACC Championship on the same course.
"What made the difference for us were not only the additions of Sabrina and Katie, but the huge improvements from Andrea, Sylvia and Lianne," Brennan said. "It's been wonderful to see individual and team improvement of that magnitude."
Also in Felician's line-up, and able to raise the point totals of those running behind them, were juniors Samantha Kamphausen (East Rutherford, N.J./Becton Regional) (67th, 24:46) and Sharnese Scott (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) (68th, 24:51). Scott, a walk-on and first-year runner, produced a personal-best time.
Nyack College (32 points) placed five runners among the top 10 and earned the team championship, breaking Philadelphia's five-year stranglehold on the title. The Warriors and Rams combined to claim 11 of the 15 all-conference performers.
Felician will complete its season at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on November 10 in Boston, Mass.