HOPKINTON, N.H. – The Felician University women's cross-country team concluded its 2016 season by competing in the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship, hosted by Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at Hopkinton Fairgrounds.
Senior Sabrina Roldan (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) was the only Golden Falcon to finish in the top half of the regional field. Roldan ran the third fastest 6,000-meter time in the 17-year history of the Felician program. Her 23:56 on Saturday trails only the 23:28 of Toni Fowler in 2007 and her own 23:44 earlier this season. Roldan placed 66th out of 191 entries.
Felician's only other senior, Kate Rohsler (Fredon, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) shaved one minute, 17 seconds, off her time last year in the same event on the same course. Rohsler crossed the finish line in 119th place on Saturday with a time of 25:13.
The other members of the Golden Falcon line-up were all running in their first NCAA Regional. Freshman Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) ran a 27:53, a season-best for 6K, and was 176th. Classmate Chantel Monegro (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) placed 184th in 30:15, and right behind was junior Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) in a season-best 30:22 (185th).
Two other Felician freshmen – Orquidea Maldonado (Newark, N.J./Technology) (189th, 32:46) and Arshlene Ceide (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) (191st, 35:09) – also completed the event but did not figure into the scoring.
In the team standings, Felician was 27th out of 28 full squads in attendance. With 710 points, the Golden Falcons were 16 behind 26th-place Molloy College, but eight ahead of Chestnut Hill College in 28th.
Stonehill College repeated as the regional champion. Stonehill totaled 48 points, 42 fewer than runner-up Assumption College. Assumption and Roberts Wesleyan College (113 points) claimed the East's other two team berths into the NCAA Division II National Championship race.
Stonehill senior Nicole Borofski was the individual champion after completing the course in 20:57.