Roldan Enjoys Record-Setting Cross-Country Debut

Freshman Sabrina Roldan set the Felician WXC 5K record on Oct. 5, 2013, with a 19:18.
Freshman Sabrina Roldan set the Felician WXC 5K record on Oct. 5, 2013, with a 19:18.

NEWARK, N.J. – Making her collegiate debut, freshman Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) comfortably set the Felician College women's cross-country record for 5,000 meters during the 10th Annual Technology Challenge, hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology at Branch Brook Park on Saturday morning.

Seemingly unaffected by the unseasonably warm temperatures, Roldan finished the race in 19 minutes, 18 seconds. The previous Felician standard of 19:56 was held by Amanda Scibetta, set at the 2007 Cabrini Invitational. Roldan becomes only the third runner in the 14-year history of the Golden Falcon program to break 20 minutes, joining Scibetta and Toni Fowler (19:58, 2007 CACC Championship).

Roldan finished in eighth place out of 149 runners in the non-Division I portion of the event, and was 91 seconds faster than her closest teammate. She led Felician to a third place result out of 19 teams. With 125 points, the Golden Falcons were 46 ahead of fourth-place Baruch College and 73 in back of runner-up St. Joseph's College of Patchogue.

NCAA Division-II regionally-ranked LIU Post edged St. Joseph's, 48-52, for the team championship. Felician was the only Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference program in attendance.

Felician's five scoring runners all took advantage of the flat, fast Branch Brook course to establish personal collegiate-best times. Following Roldan, the Golden Falcons' next four crossed the finish line within 42 seconds of each other, led by junior Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J./St. Mary-Rutherford). Sarracino placed 29th overall, and her time of 20:49 ranks No. 22 on Felician's all-time list for 5,000-meters.

Freshman Katie Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) was 35th in 21:02, followed by junior Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) (38th, 21:08). Rounding out the Felician scoring was junior Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J./Nutley), who placed 43rd with a 21:31. Rossi knocked 37 seconds off of her previous personal-best, set three weeks earlier on the same course.

Junior Gladys Kimutai of New York Institute of Technology won the individual title with an 18:03.

On the Division-I side, the host Highlanders edged Saint Peter's University in a dual meet, 26-29. SPU senior Natalia Carvalho was the individual winner in 20:21.

Roldan missed Felician's first three races of 2013 while awaiting initial clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center.