Women's Cross-Country Concludes Season With Regional Trip

(Photo by Ellen O'Brien)
(Photo by Ellen O'Brien)

NASHUA, N.H. – Five members of the Felician College women's cross-country represented the Golden Falcons at the 2014 NCAA Division II East Regional Championship, co-hosted by Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon at Mine Falls Park. Felician placed 25th out of 27 full teams in attendance.

The regional championship is run on a 6,000-meter course, a kilometer longer than most regular-season events. Sophomore Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) was the frontrunner for the Golden Falcons, completing the race in 25 minutes, four seconds, for the 10th-fastest 6K time in program history. Roldan placed 106th out of 185 entrants.

Seniors Sylvia Bialy (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) and Andrea Sarracino (Wood-Ridge, N.J./St. Mary-Rutherford) completed solid collegiate careers at the regional. Bialy placed 143rd with a time of 26:17, while Sarracino was 144th in 26:19.

Sophomore Tasha Gonel (Howell, N.J./Howell) (184th, 31:00) and junior Sam Kamphausen (East Rutherford, N.J./Becton Regional) (185th, 31:30) also represented the Golden Falcons on Saturday. Gonel was making her postseason debut.

Felician's 725 points bested Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rivals Chestnut Hill College (745) and Holy Family University (791). The Golden Falcons were 70 points behind 24th-place Goldey-Beacom College.

Region newcomer Roberts Wesleyan College put five runners among the top 10 finishers to capture the title with 31 points. Stonehill College and Saint Michael's College earned the East's other two team berths into the NCAA D-II National Championship race. Roberts Wesleyan senior Rachel Prutsman was the individual champion in 21:36.

NASHUA, N.H. – Felician College sent a contingent of three runners to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II East Regional Men's Cross-Country Championship, co-hosted by Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon at Mine Falls Park.

 

A field of 191 runners entered the regional, which at 10,000 meters was two kilometers longer than most regular-season races. Sophomore Mike Secreti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) was the only Golden Falcon to cross the finish line among the top half of the throng, placing 47th overall in 33 minutes, five seconds. It was the 10th-fastest 10K time in program history.

 

Felician's only senior, Keenan Huggins-Filozof (Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township), concluded his career at the regional and clocked a time of 35:23. He finished in 109th place. Huggins-Filozof is a three-time all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree.

 

Freshman Fernando Gomez (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) also represented Felician on Saturday. He crossed the finish line in 40:15 and ended up 175th. The Golden Falcons did not qualify for a team score.

 

American International College easily won the regional championship with 33 points, placing four runners among the top 10 finishers. Stonehill College (90) and Roberts Wesleyan College (95) captured the East's other two bids into the NCAA Division II National Championship race, with RWC edging Franklin Pierce (110) for the final spot.

 

AIC junior Mike Biwott won his second consecutive regional race. His time of 30:34 was 45 seconds faster than runner-up Nicholas Filippazzo of Adelphi University.