Women's Cross-Country Sees Personal Records Fall

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Four out of the five scorers for the Felician University women's cross-country team – including senior co-captains Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) and Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) set personal records for 6,000 meters while competing in the Women's College White Race at the 43rd Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on its Goodman Campus on Saturday afternoon.

The Paul Short Run is one of the largest cross-country meets in the United States each fall. Approximately 6,000 runners from nearly 450 colleges and high schools competed in seeded races throughout Saturday morning and afternoon. The College White Race contained 41 full teams and 303 total entrants.

Roldan ended up 45th overall, completing the course in 23 minutes, 44 seconds. It was the second-fastest 6K time in the 17-year history of the Felician program, 16 seconds short of Toni Fowler's school record. Roldan bested her previous fastest 6K by 1:13.

Rohsler's time of 24:49 ties her for the seventh-fastest 6K in Felician history, and eclipses her personal record for the distance, set two weeks ago at Kutztown University, by 1:08. She was the only other Golden Falcon to finish in the top half of the field, placing 111th.

Felician freshmen Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) and Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) also significantly bettered their 6,000-meter times from Kutztown on Sept. 17. Gonzalez finished third on the Golden Falcons and 232nd overall in 28:10 (improvement of 0:57) and Monegro followed in 250th place with a 29:17 (improvement of 2:18).

Slotting into the Golden Falcons' final scoring spot was junior Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), who was 266th in a season-best 31:29 (improvement of 0:45 from Kutztown). Felician's No. 6 and No. 7 runners, freshmen Orquidea Maldonado (Newark, N.J./Technology) (improvement of 2:52) and Arshlene Ceide (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) (improvement of 1:57) also set personal records for 6K.

The Golden Falcons scored 817 points to end up 30th out of 41 schools in the team standings. They were sandwiched between 29th place Alvernia College (786) and Cairn University (871) in 31st. Felician finished sixth out of seven Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.

Kutztown University edged Trinity (Conn.) College, 139-148, to win the event. Muhlenberg College junior Jamie Pacilio was the individual champion in 21:44.