O'Brien, Boyd Turn In Records, Wins In Jersey City

Women's Track & Field team photo, coaches standing on top, three lines of seated athletes.
(Photo by Jake Thoden)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Sophomore Jillian O'Brien (Bogota, N.J./Bogota) won two distance events and freshman walk-on Briana Boyd (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) captured the triple jump to highlight Felician University's short trip to Lincoln Park on Sunday for the Peacocks and Brick City Classic, co-hosted by NCAA Division I members Saint Peter's College and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Athletes from nine women's teams representing all three NCAA Divisions plus the NJCAA competed in the event. Bloomfield College joined Felician as members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in attendance. The meet was not scored on a team basis.

O'Brien and Boyd are the first Golden Falcons to win an event since teammate Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) took the 5,000-meter run in her Felician debut at Rowan University on Apr. 6, 2018. The previous year at Rowan was the last time a Golden Falcon won two events in the same meet (Monika Dlugosz, shot put and discus throws) and the previous occasion on which two different Felician athletes won an event in the same meet (Dlugosz plus Alexis Jones, steeplechase).

O'Brien was victorious in both the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs. He 1,500-meter time of 5:16.26 earned her a victory of just under two seconds over teammate Vanessa Saiboo (Jersey City, N.J./County Prep). A sophomore running in her hometown, Saiboo was the runner-up in 5:18.21. Felician freshman Bri Balderas (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) ran fifth in the event in 5:32.76.

O'Brien broke the Golden Falcon record in the 5000 by 28 seconds, crossing the finish line in 19:38.88. The former school standard of 20:06.26 had been established by Sabrina Roldan at the 2016 CACC Championship meet. Burgoyne ran a personal-best of 20:46.62 on Sunday and placed third.

Boyd prevailed in the triple jump with a Felician-record leap of 10.01 meters (32 feet, 10.25 inches), besting the 9.64-meter mark of teammate Sierra Epps (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) at last year's CACC meet. Epps was Sunday's runner-up, jumping 9.61 meters (31' 6.5"). Boyd and Epps also tied for fifth place out of 12 entrants in the long jump (4.65m, 15' 3.25").

Freshman Jasmine Rename (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) enjoyed the best performance among the throwers with a four-place result in javelin. Highlighting the sprints, sophomore Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was fifth in the 100 meters and eighth in the 200 and ran a leg for both relay teams. She anchored the 4x400 team that finished second.

Felician is set to compete in the 2019 CACC Championship meet on Sunday, May 5, on the campus of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. The event will occur on the final day of the inaugural CACC Championship Festival.