JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Felician College women's cross-country took a rare second consecutive short trip to a northern New Jersey venue on Saturday morning and finished 10th out of 15 schools at the 2011 Collegiate Track Conference championship. The meet was hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology at Liberty State Park.
Junior Alyssa Collier (Toms River, NJ) was Felician's frontrunner, as she has been in all seven races this season. Collier placed 47th out of 138 entrants with a 5,000-meter time of 21 minutes, 28 seconds. Freshman Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, NJ) came within 26 seconds of Collier, the closest together the two have crossed the finish line all season long. Bialy's 21:54 was good for 55th place.
Also scoring for the Golden Falcons were freshmen Lianne Rossi (Nutley, NJ) (86th, 23:55), Zharde Sellona (Aliso Viejo, CA) (110th, 25:48), and Aimee Lopez (Riverbank, CA) (115th, 26:44). Lopez, who came within eight seconds of a personal-best, finished in a scoring position for the first time.
Felician's 299 points were 19 behind ninth-place Queens (N.Y.) College. Rowan University won the CTC title with 22 points, and Prof senior Jena Peacock was the individual champion in 18:35.
Felician was one week removed from competing in the Highlander Challenge, hosted by NJIT at Branch Brook Park in Newark, its shortest road trip in at least five years.