Three Newcomers Help Women's Cross-Country Replace Graduation Losses

Three Newcomers Help Women's Cross-Country Replace Graduation Losses

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – High-school seniors Shahiana Odies (Vauxhall, N.J./Benedictine Academy) and Vanessa Saiboo (Jersey City, N.J./County Prep) have signed national letters of intent to continue their women's cross-country careers at Felician University, Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. announced today. DeCarlo also announced that rising college sophomore Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen  Rock) will transfer to Felician and has signed an athletic financial aid agreement with the Golden Falcons for cross-country.

All three student-athletes also plan to join Felician's women's outdoor track & field team.

Felician will compete in its 18th varsity intercollege women's cross-country season in 2017-18, and its fourth in women's outdoor track & field. DeCarlo enters his third season leading the Golden Falcons in both sports. Each team seeks its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) title.

"The addition of these three women will help mitigate the graduation losses of our two captains and four-year scorers, Kate Rohsler and Sabrina Roldan," DeCarlo said. "We are very excited to see where they can help take us."

The 5-foot-4 Odies ran in all three seasons for Bendictine Academy of Elizabeth. She owns a 5,000-meter cross-country personal-best of 24 minutes, 24.6 seconds in the 2016 Essex County Coaches Association Class Invitational, in which she finished 28th. She placed 57th in the Union County Championship race. On the track, she finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2017 outdoor Union County Conference championships. She intends to major in exercise sports science at Felician.

"Shahiana has the coaching staff excited for her potential to contribute during multiple seasons," DeCarlo said. "She should be a key factor to our cross-country program and transition nicely to the track. She'll be a factor in the sprints, hurdles and relays. Shahiana brings extensive track knowledge in multiple events to our growing program."

Saiboo, 5-foot-2, competed for Snyder High of Jersey City while attending County Prep. Her personal-best 5,000-meter cross-country time is 23:13.4, and she placed 50th in the 2016 Hudson County Championship meet. On the track, she was an honorable-mention all-county performer in the 800 meters. She intends to study political science.

"Vanessa can be an 'X' factor for us these next few years," DeCarlo said. "She has experience in the sprints and hurdles as well as solid times in the middle-distance and distance events. Her personal bests from the trails to the track have us very excited to see where Vanessa's career goes."

Burgoyne ran for Moravian College of Bethlehem, Pa., in 2016. She finished 25th in the Landmark Conference Championship meet and 88th at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. Scholastically, the 5-foot-6 Burgoyne was a two-time all-NJIC selection in cross-country at Glen Rock High. She has three years of eligibility for the Golden Falcons, and will likely enroll in Felician's nursing program.

"We recruited Jane out of high school," DeCarlo said. "Her knowledge of and passion for the sport of distance running will benefit us, and her experience in two strong programs prior to joining us can only make us better."

The Golden Falcons are coming off a seven-meet 2016 cross-country season. They finished 11th in the CACC Championships and 27th in the NCAA Division II East Regional.