WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Felician University saw a group of 16 of its women's track & field athletes compete in the Monmouth University Outdoor Season Opener on Saturday at Kessler Stadium.
The meet contained more stringent entry requirements than the Golden Falcons' first two events of the season. Felician entered 10 athletes in individual events and two teams into the 4x100-meter relay.
Felician was one of three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance. Representatives from all three NCAA divisions competed.
Freshman Jasmine Rename (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) highlighted the field events for the Golden Falcons with a javelin throw of 25.92 meters (85 feet, 0 inches). Her mark was the second-best in the javelin in the five-year history of the Felician program, falling short by eight centimeters of Monika Dlugosz's record. Rename finished 18th of 22 on the day.
Freshman Aaniya Burroughs (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) placed 20th of 29 in the shot put (4.46 meters). Classmate Alyssa Pompey (North Plainfield, N.J./North Plainfield) was 22nd of 29 entrants in the shot put (9.28 meters).
Sophomore Jillian O'Brien (Bogota, N.J./Bogota) paced Felician on the track, crossing the finish line 30th out of 48 in the 1,500-meter run. O'Brien clocked a season-best time of five minutes, 20.83 seconds. In the same event, freshman Bri Balderas (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) ran 5:25.13 and was 32nd.
The host Hawks won the meet with 203 points, 80 better than runner-up Quinnipiac University. CACC member Georgian Court University was the highest non-Division I finisher, placing fourth with 60 points. Twenty-two schools scored in the meet.
Felician is off until Apr. 28, when it attends the Brick City Classic, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.