Women's Cross-Country Experiences Vastness Of Paul Short Run

Junior Natasha Gonel posted a career-best 6,000-meter time at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 2, 2015. (Dave Schofield)
Junior Natasha Gonel posted a career-best 6,000-meter time at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 2, 2015. (Dave Schofield)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the first time since 2012, the Felician College women's cross-country team participated in the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on its Goodman Campus, on Friday. The Paul Short Run, now in its 42nd year, is one of the largest cross-country meets in the country, with more than 5,500 high-school and college athletes from more than 400 women's and men's teams competing in the all-day event.

Felician was seeded into the White Race on Friday afternoon, and placed 38th out of 43 schools. Junior Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) narrowly missed finishing in the top half of the field, coming in 165th out of 328 entries with a 6,000-meter time of 26 minutes, 24 seconds on the raw, rainy day.

Junior Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) posted her best 6K time since the 2013 NCAA Regional race. Her 27:10 on Friday was good for 204th place, including second on Felician. Classmate Natasha Gonel (Howell, N.J./Howell) was 278th with a personal best 6K of 30:22.

Also completing the race for the Golden Falcons were senior Sam Kamphausen (East Rutherford, N.J./Becton Regional) (298th, 32:14) and sophomore Dominique Frascino (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) (324th, 39:53). Frascino was making her collegiate debut.

Felician received a team score of 1,096 points. The Golden Falcons were 10 points behind fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference member Holy Family University, which finished 36th, and nine back of 37th-place Medaille College. They out-pointed 39th-place Howard Community College by eight.

Haverford College put three runners among the top seven finishers and captured the team championship with 66 points, 10 fewer than runner-up Misericordia College. The best-finishing Division-II institution was sixth-place Philadelphia University. West Chester University senior Amanda Eisman was the individual winner with a time of 21:51.

More information is available at www.paulshortxcrun.com.