Morales Sweeps CACC Women's Cross-Country Weekly Awards

Morales Sweeps CACC Women's Cross-Country Weekly Awards

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University freshman Shayla Morales (North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen) has been chosen as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Cross-Country Runner of the Week and Rookie of the Week for the period ending Oct. 7, the CACC announced on Monday. Morales earns the latter award for the third time this season

Morales set the Felician 5,000-meter cross-country record at the Highlander Challenge, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology on Oct. 6 in Newark. She crossed the finish line at Branch Brook Park in 18 minutes, 52 seconds, and placed fourth out of 277 non-Division-I females. She led the Golden Falcons to a third-place team result out of 29 schools.  

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Morales has been Felician's No. 1 runner in four of the team's five races this season. She is a 2018 graduate of North Bergen High School. She also was named CACC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 10 and Sept. 25, and is the league's Runner of the Week for the first time.

Felician is guided by first-year head coach Elson Smajlaj of North Bergen. Morales and the Golden Falcons are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Kings Park, N.Y., for the St. Joseph's College Invitational.


Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.