GLASSBORO, NJ – Seniors Alyssa Sanders and Dianne Ferraro along with junior Madison Edwards have been selected captains for the 2020 Rowan University women’s cross country team.
Coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson praised the three women for being great athletes and assets to the team. “I rely on Alyssa, Dianne and Madison to help lead this team,” he says. “Not only are they very serious runners and very disciplined, they are also highly motivated. This helps set the atmosphere for the team. All three of them want the team to win.”
Hailing from Pitman, this will be Sanders’ fourth season as a Prof cross country runner and second as a captain. Last year, she placed second at the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships with a time of 22:40.9. Sanders earned NJAC All-Conference first team honors. She ran a career best 22:12.9 at the Paul Short Run. She won the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championships and the Stockton Season Opener with times of 19:57.3 and 19:25.1 respectively, which were 5K races. She was named the NJAC Runner of the Week three times.
“Alyssa has a high tolerance for pain and this has helped her excel in the sport. You can see it in every aspect of her life,” Adamson says. Sanders was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction. The translational biomedical sciences major received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention.
This is Ferraro’s fourth season on the cross country team. The South Plainfield native is no stranger to adversity. “Dianne has had to overcome some injuries, even to the point where they didn't think she could compete anymore,” says Adamson. “Then she came back to win the conference championship.”
In 2019, Ferraro took first place at the NJAC Championships with a time of 22:31.4. She was named the NJAC Runner of the Year and was a member of the All-Conference first team. She had a season best 22:29.9 at the Paul Short Run.
Ferraro earned Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team and NJAC All-Academic honorable mention honors. The Rowan Scholar-Athlete is majoring in biological sciences.
Edwards is competing in her third season. “Madison is very analytical and she is always evaluating her contribution to the team,” Adamson says. In 2018, she was named the NJAC Rookie of the Year and was a member of the All-Conference first team. At the conference championships, she was the top freshman to finish and was seventh with a time of 23:57.4. Edwards posted a career best 23:15.3 at the Inter-Regional Border Battle.
Last year, she ran a season best time (24:07.7) at the NJAC Championships. Edwards received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention and was a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction. From Cinnaminson, Edwards is majoring in community and environmental planning.
Whenever their season resumes, the Rowan University women’s cross country team will look to build upon its success from last year after winning the NJAC Championship. It should come as no surprise, especially with captains like these three women leading the pack, that they’re destined for greatness.