PHILADELPHIA – The Felician College women's cross-country team placed 11th out of 14 schools at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship, hosted by the University of the Sciences on Sunday morning at Belmont Pleateau.
The Golden Falcons totaled 281 points. That score left them 11 points back of 10th-place Post University, but 15 ahead of Holy Family University in 12th. Felician also finished ahead of Dominican (N.Y.) College (332 points) and Concordia (N.Y.) College (396).
All five Felician scorers also competed on the same course on September 12 in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Invitational. Each runner improved by at least one minute from that race to Sunday. The Golden Falcons, who finished eighth in the CACC in 2014, graduated six seniors from that squad and transitioned through a coaching change.
"All things considered, this was a great performance," said Felician first-year head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "We've made huge improvements since our opening meet, and we improved on the same course by a ton."
Felician's veteran trio of Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge), Michelle Camacho (Moonachie, N.J./Wood-Ridge), and Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) led the team's pack. Roldan placed 42nd overall out of 88 runners with a 5,000-meter time of 22 minutes, 17 seconds. Camacho, a senior, placed 48th in 22:49, while Rohsler, like Roldan a junior, finished 52nd with a time of 23:13.
Junior Natasha Gonel (Howell, N.J./Howell) turned in a 25:14 in her first CACC Championship race. It was more than a five-minute improvement from her last trip to Belmont Plateau, and left her in 68th place. Right behind, in the final scoring position, was senior Sam Kamphausen (East Rutherford, N.J./Becton Regional) (71st, 26:08). Sophomore walk-on Dominique Frascino (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) was 88th in 33:18.
By CACC rules, the first 15 finishers were automatically named all-conference. It marked only the third time in the 16-year history of the Felician program that it did not claim an all-league runner.
"I'm really proud of the way our team responded to all the changes we threw at them," DeCarlo said. "They exceeded my expectations. They didn't shoot us down, and adjustments were handled well. It will make future years that much smoother."
Felician will complete its season at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on November 8 in Hopkinton, N.H.