Young Felician Sprinters Continue To Set Records

Freshman Kayla Hightower broke her own Felician 400-meter record at TCNJ on Apr. 28, 2018. (Chris Szagola)
Freshman Kayla Hightower broke her own Felician 400-meter record at TCNJ on Apr. 28, 2018. (Chris Szagola)

EWING, N.J. – The Felician University women's track & field record book over the program's first three seasons has been no match for the crop of young sprinters that were recruited for the 2018 campaign.

The Golden Falcons set six school marks, four in individual events and two in relays, during the Lions' Invitational, on Friday and Saturday. The meet was hosted by The College of New Jersey on its Ewing, N.J., campus. The women's side was comprised of 39 teams from all three NCAA Divisions, the NJCAA, and running/track & field clubs.

Freshman Aasiyah Alston (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) finished sixth in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Among a field of 45 runners in the 100, she became the first Golden Falcon to ever break 13 seconds. Her 12.98 bettered the record of 13.45 that classmate Neuchatel King (Atco, N.J./Hammonton) had set one week earlier. King finished 20th on Saturday in 13.46 seconds.

Alston completed the 200 meters in 26.55 seconds, shaving .06 off her own Felician record from Apr. 14. King re-entered the books by running 17.10 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. Teammate Shahiana Odies (Vauxhall, N.J./Benedictine Academy) owned the mark of 17.29. King finished 16th of 30 on Saturday, and Odies was 18th with a time of 17.30.

Freshman Kayla Hightower (Norfolk, Va./Camden [N.J.]) bettered her Golden Falcon standard in the 400-meter run, placing 25th of 41 in 1:05.26.

For the third time in eight days, the Felician 4x100-meter relay record was eclipsed. Two days after running 51.88 seconds at The Penn Relays, the team of sophomore Jazlyn Pipkins (Paris, Texas/Paris), Alston, Odies, and King turned in a 51.19 and finished fifth of 14.

Odies, Hightower, Pipkins, and sophomore Orquidea Maldonado (Newark, N.J./Technology) finished eighth in the 4x400-meter relay, but their time of 4:40.07 was the best in Felician history.

The Golden Falcons will complete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship meet on Sunday, May 6, at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.