Golden Falcons Compete In Two Events In One

Lianne Rossi was Felician's No. 5 scorer at the Jack St. Clair Memorial & CTC Championship on Oct. 11, 2014. (Dave Schofield)
Lianne Rossi was Felician's No. 5 scorer at the Jack St. Clair Memorial & CTC Championship on Oct. 11, 2014. (Dave Schofield)

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University hosted two women's cross-country events at Belmont Plateau on Saturday afternoon – its annual Jack St. Clair Memorial, and the rotating-site Collegiate Track Conference championship. Felician College entered both races, and finished ninth out of 16 teams at the Jack St. Clair, and fourth of six schools during the CTCs.

The combined set of entrants for both events ran one 6,000-meter race, and then the fields were separately scored. Felician was led by senior and first-year runner Kassie Topp (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands), who turned in a time of 25 minutes, 40 seconds, and sophomore Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge), who clocked a 25:49. Both are among the top 20 6K times in the 15-year history of the program.

Topp finished 23rd out of 141 runners in the Jack St. Clair, and 13th out of 66 in the CTC. Meanwhile Roldan was 29th and 17th, respectively. Senior Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J./St.. Mary-Rutherford) has emerged as the Golden Falcons' No. 3 performer. Her 27:37 was good for 63rd and 34th in the pair of meets.

The final two scoring spots went to seniors Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) and Lianne Rossi (Nutley, N.J./Nutley). Bialy (67th, 36th) completed the course in 27:56, while Rossi (74th, 40th) crossed the line in 28:17.

St. Thomas Aquinas College was the team champion of both races. In the Jack St. Clair, the Spartans scored 52 points, 15 better than the host Rams. The Golden Falcons had 220 points, falling in between eighth place Ocean County College and Hunter College in 10th.

Philadelphia was also the runner-up in the CTC Championship, finishing behind STAC by a score of 27-36. Georgian Court University was third with 83 points, followed by Felician's 109.

Felician has added a meet for Oct. 18. The Golden Falcons will travel to Long Island for the St. Joseph's (N.Y.) Invitational.