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.