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.
Felician also finished 11th in last year's CACC race, after an eighth-place showing in 2014.
The Golden Falcons totaled 259 points, 22 fewer than 2015. That score left them 15 points back of 10th-place Chestnut Hill College, but 39 ahead of Post University in 12th. Felician also finished ahead of Goldey-Beacom College (317 points) and Concordia (N.Y.) College (428).
Felician's two frontrunning seniors, Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) and Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) showed marked improvement over last year. Roldan finished 20th out of 90 entrants with a time of 21 minutes, 14 seconds, on the same 5,000-meter Belmont Plateau course. She improved by 1:03 and 22 places.
Rohlser turned in a time of 21:48 and crossed the finish line 32nd, representing improvements of 1:25 and 20 places from her 2015 CACC Championship performance.
"Sabrina was in great position to contend for all-conference status but just 'ran out of race' over the 5K distance," said second-year Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. "She is looking forward to the challenge of the 6K distance at regionals where her strength can be used. Kate's improvement from last fall is remarkable. We are happy to have helped her return to the form she displayed as a freshman."
The Golden Falcons placed freshmen in the next two positions. Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was Felician's No. 3 performer, placing 59th with a time of 23:59. Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) was 72nd in 25:22.
Junior transfer Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) claimed the final scoring position for Felician, coming in 76th by clocking a 26:24. Freshman Orquidea Maldonado (Newark, N.J./Technology) was 81st in 30:38.
By CACC rules, the first 15 finishers were automatically named all-conference. It marked only the fourth time in the 17-year history of the Felician program that it did not claim an all-league runner.
"I'm happy with the progress we have made as a team," DeCarlo said. "We know what we have to do to improve, and we continue to learn what true 'college distance running' is about. The future looks bright."
Felician will complete its season at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on November 5 in Hopkinton, N.H.
2016 CACC MEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY AWARDS
Team Champion: Philadelphia University
Runner of the Year: Kendall Fitzgerald, FR, Post
Rookie of the Year: Kendall Fitzgerald, FR, Post
BSN Sports Coach of the Year: Dave Thomas, Philadelphia
Anne Jackson Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award: Philadelphia University