Topp Makes All-CACC Cross-Country Team

(Photo of Kassie Topp by Ellen O'Brien)
(Photo of Kassie Topp by Ellen O'Brien)

PHILADELPHIA – Felician College senior Kassie Topp (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) was named to the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Cross-Country all-conference team after finishing 13th out of 88 entrants in Sunday morning's CACC Championship meet, hosted by Philadelphia University at Belmont Plateau.

As a team, Felician snuck into the top half of the field, placing seventh out of 14 schools. The Golden Falcons scored 178 points, 43 behind the sixth-place University of the Sciences but 45 better than Caldwell University in eighth.

"At first glance, it may look disappointing that we finished third last year and seventh this year," said 13th-year Felician head coach John Brennan. "But our times were very respectable. The rest of the conference simply got better. I am proud of our team for its showing."

All-CACC status was automatically accorded to the race's first 15 finishers. Topp completed the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. She was among a pack of seven competitors that crossed the finish line within six seconds of each other. The runners who placed fifth through 16th were separated by only 18 seconds.

"Kassie is a great story," Brennan said. "She just recently took up running at the age of 21, and she took a risk just coming out for our team. To have turned into our top runner and an all-conference performer is incredible, and I congratulate her."

Golden Falcon sophomore Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) finished 30th overall with a time of 21:54. Felician's other three scorers, all seniors, ran the course within 11 seconds of each other. Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J./St. Mary-Rutherford) was 41st in 22:34, followed by Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) (46th, 22:42) and Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) (48th, 22:43).

"Our seniors did an excellent job in the season's biggest race," Brennan said. "They should be very proud of themselves – they have restored respectability to our program. Every one of them has helped us improve over the last four years."

Also in Felician's line-up, and able to raise the point totals of those running behind them, were junior Michelle Camacho (Moonachie, N.J./Wood-Ridge) (62nd, 24:10) and sophomore Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) (63rd, 24:18).

Event host Philadelphia University won the CACC championship, its sixth in the last seven years. The Rams put five runners among the top 11 finishers.

 

TEAM RESULTS
Pl. School
1
2
3
4
5
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Pts.
1. Philadelphia U.
1
3
6
8
11
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29
2. Nyack
7
14
15
16
17
---
69
3. Georgian Court
2
9
25
26
37
---
99
4. Bloomfield
20
21
24
27
29
---
121
5. Wilmington
4
10
12
47
50
---
123
6. USciences
5
28
33
34
35
---
135
7. Felician
13
30
41
46
48
---
178
8. Caldwell
22
40
44
56
61
---
223
9. Goldey-Beacom
19
23
51
77
79
---
249
10. Chestnut Hill
31
55
57
67
72
---
282
11. Holy Family
32
43
70
71
76
---
292
12. Post U.
53
54
73
75
84
---
339
13. Dominican
49
59
80
82
83
---
353
14. Concordia
66
69
74
87
88
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384

 

RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Emilie Barton, JR, Philadelphia
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jessica Handsaker, FR, Georgian Court
BSN SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR: Elson Smajlaj, Bloomfield
ANNE JACKSON MEMORIAL TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Bloomfield
TOP XV AWARD: Alyssa Dawson, SR, Concordia