CALDWELL, N.J. – Senior Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) broke 21 minutes for 5,000 meters for the first time in more than two years, leading the Felician University women's cross-country team to fourth place out of eight complete teams at the Cougar Chase, hosted by Caldwell University on Saturday afternoon on the Caldwell campus.
Roldan tied for the 25th-fastest 5k time in the 17-year history of the Felician program by running a 20:51. She finished fourth overall out of 75 competitors. Her fellow senior co-captain, Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kitttatinny Regional), traversed the course in 22:12 and finished 12th.
Freshman Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was the only other Golden Falcon to finish in the top half of the field. Her time of 24:30 in her first collegiate 5,000-meter race was good for 31st.
Freshman Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) and junior Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) nabbed the final two scoring spots for Felician. Both shaved significant time off of what they posted in the Golden Falcons' only other 5K race this season, at Ramapo on Sept. 2. Monegro was 40th in 25:05, an improvement of 3:06, while Murphy was 37 seconds better than Ramapo with a 26:22 for 49th.
While not figuring into the scoring, Felician freshman Arshlene Ceide (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) reduced three minutes and 41 seconds from her Ramapo performance. She placed 54th in 28:09.
The meet concluded regular-season competition for the Golden Falcons. Felician will next be in action at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship race on a 5,000-meter course on Sunday, October 23, in Philadelphia.
The Golden Falcons scored 106 points at Caldwell, edging fifth-place Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham by one point. They were five behind third-place Mercer County Community College. Felician finished second of three CACC members in attendance.
Montclair State University won the meet with 33 points. The Red Hawks claimed the top two individual finishers, champion Jodi Hinchen (20:32) and runner-up Allison Mycek (20:34).