Women's Cross-Country Faces Stiff Competition At Kutztown

Senior Kate Rohsler set a career-best 6,000-meter time at Kutztown on Sept. 18, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)
Senior Kate Rohsler set a career-best 6,000-meter time at Kutztown on Sept. 18, 2016. (Steven R. Smith)

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Competing among a field of runners both vast and talented, the Felician University women's cross-country team finished in 18th place at the Kutztown University Division II/III Challenge, held on Saturday morning at the Kutztown North Campus Fields.

The race, on a 6,000-meter course, contained 244 entrants. Twelve of the 20 teams entered were ranked in the top 10 in their NCAA Division II or III region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association entering Saturday.

Felician put its top two runners, senior co-captains Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J/Woodbridge) and Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional), among the top half of the field. Roldan crossed the finish line in 25 minutes, 22 seconds, and placed 74th. Rohlser was 102nd while setting a career-best 6K time of 25:57.

In her collegiate debut, freshman Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was the Golden Falcons' No. 3 performer. She posted a time of 29:07 and was 207th in the individual standings. Slotting into the final two Felician scoring positions were freshman Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) (223rd, 31:35) and junior Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) (227th, 32:14).

The Golden Falcons scored 558 points, barely missing out on 17th place by finishing five points behind Ursinus College. St. Mary's (Md.) College was 19th with 573 points. Philadelphia University, the only Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference school other than Felician to attend, finished 14th (318).

Bloomsburg University edged Division-II nationally-ranked Shippensburg University, 69-73, to win the event. California (Pa.) University junior Summer Hill was the individual champion with a time of 22:05.