NEWARK, N.J. -- Despite competing for the second time in as many days, every member of the Felician College women's cross-country team took advantage of the flat, fast Branch Brook Park course to set a personal record for 5,000 meters at the Highlander Challenge, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology, on Sunday morning.
The race ended the regular season for the Golden Falcons, and was their final tune-up for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championshp. Felician is off next weekend before participating in the conference championshp event on October 21 in Philadelphia.
On Sunday, Felician sophomores Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J.) and Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) both broke 22 minutes for the first time this season. Bialy, who has been the Golden Falcons' No. 1 runner in all six events in 2012, placed 44th out of 131 entrants with a time of 21 minutes, 16 seconds. Sarracino was 59th in 21:56.
Sophomore Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J.) was the No. 3 woman for Felician, ending up in 69th place with a time of 22:14. One of just two returnees from last year's team along with Bialy, Rossi bested her time last year on the same course by 19 seconds.
Also scoring for the Golden Falcons were freshman Michelle Camacho (Moonachie, N.J.) (81st, 23:08) and sophomore Samantha Kamphausen (98th, 23:55). Senior walk-on and first-year runner Joanna Chacon (Elmwood Park, N.J.) posted a time for the first time in her career, finishing 131st in 33:15.
With 287 points, Felician placed 12th out of 15 schools in the Division II/III team standings. The Golden Falcons were 12 points behind 11th-place Monroe College, and eight ahead of Queens (N.Y.) College in 13th.
St. Joseph's College of Long Island won the team title with 52 points. The Golden Eagles were one of two schools to place three runners in the top 20. Unattached competitor Indira Avila was the individual champion, defeating NYIT sophomore Gladys Kimutai by less than one second with an 18:21.97.