Golden Falcons Ninth In Highlander Challenge Debut


NEWARK, N.J. -- Competing at nearby Branch Brook Park for the first time in program history, all six members of the Felician College women's cross-country team ran their fastest 5,000-meter times of the season on Sunday at the Highlander Challenge, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Running against a myriad of Division II and III schools from around the New York metropolitan area, the Golden Falcons posted a team score for the first time this season. Their 214 points were good for ninth place out of 15 non D-I institutions. Led by usual frontrunner Alyssa Collier (Toms River, NJ), Felician was 42 points better than eighth-place Hunter College and trailed 10th place Baruch College by 55.

Collier, a junior, posted one of the top 10 5K times in Felician history. Her mark of 20 minutes, 42 seconds was good for 25th place out of 125 entrants. Freshman Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, NJ) was 42nd in 21:26, and classmate Lianne Rossi (Nutley, NJ) shaved more than two minutes off of her season best with a 22:33 for 59th place.

Also scoring for Felician were freshmen Desiree Alvarado (Los Angeles, CA) (78th, 23:41) and Zharde Sellona (Aliso Viejo, CA) (92nd, 25:18). Sellona and fellow rookie Aimee Lopez (Riverbank, CA) (101st, 26:36) were making their cross-country debuts.

LIU-C.W. Post won the team championship with 74 points, and freshman Gladys Kimutai of New York Institute of Technology took individual honors with 18:21. Click here and scroll past the men's race for complete results.