RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Three members of the Felician University women's outdoor track & field team – sophomore Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and juniors Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) and Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) -- have all been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Spring 2019 All-Academic Team, the CACC announced on Wednesday. All three earn the honor for the first time in their track & field careers.
To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria: a) minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 at the end of the immediate preceding term; b) minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution; c) student-athlete must be second year student-athlete at member institution; and d) student-athlete must have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.
Felician sponsors varsity intercollegiate track & field only for women and only during the outdoor (spring) season. 2019 was the fifth season in program history.
Alston, a sprinter, was a scorer for Felician in the 100-meter dash during the CACC Championship meet on May 5. She finished sixth out of 43 competitors in a school-record time of 12.78 seconds. That day, Alston also ran the anchor leg for the 4x400-meter relay team which finished eighth and placed 13th in the 200-meter dash. She also holds Felician record in the 200 meters (26.45) and 4x100 (51.19) set in 2018. Alston is a 2018 graduate of Old Bridge High. She carries a 3.71 GPA while majoring in international business.
Burgoyne, a distance runner, capped her 2019 season with a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the CACC Championship. One week earlier, she set a personal record in the 5,000 meters, finishing third in 20:46.62. She also competed in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races over the course of the season. Burgoyne owns a 3.64 GPA as a nursing major. She is a 2016 graduate of Glen Rock High, and recently completed her second year at Felician after transferring from Moravian College.
Gonzalez returned to the Golden Falcons after a study-abroad semester in spring 2018 to participate in middle-distance events. She placed 18th in the 1,500-meter run at this year's CACC meet, and ran the 3,000 meters twice in the regular season. After the fall semester, Gonzalez had 3.81 GPA as a double major in communications and mathematics. She is a 2016 Wood-Ridge High product.
Gonzalez has attained CACC All-Academic status twice and Burgoyne once in women's cross-country as well. Felician completes the 2018-19 season with 23 CACC All-Academic honorees.
Conference-wide, Alston, Burgoyne and Gonzalez were three of 32 student-athletes to be honored in women's track & field from the 13 member schools that sponsor the sport. The complete 2019 CACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team can be viewed at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/track/2018-19/2019_Women-s_Track_All-Academic_Team_-8-.pdf.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.