HOLMDEL, N.J. -- The Felician College women's cross-country team had two issues with which to contend on Saturday morning -- the difficult Holmdel Park course, and the stiff competition at the Monmouth University Invitational.
The combination made it a day to forget for the Golden Falcons, who did not receive a team score and did not place an entrant among the top half of competitors.
Sophomore Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J.) had the best day for Felician, traversing the hilly 5,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 32 seconds. Bialy placed 43rd out of 57 runners.
Sophomore Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) turned in a time of 23:55 and finished 52nd. Then, for the next 101 seconds, no one crossed the finish line until Felician's Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J.) completed the race in 25:36 to place 53rd. Samantha Kamphausen (East Rutherford, N.J.) (29:21, 55th) rounded out the Golden Falcon pack.
Rutgers University, one of two Division-I schools in the field along with the host Hawks, won the team championship with 36 points. The individual winner was Katie Spatford of Shippensburg University, who ran an 18:14.