New York, NY | On a rain-soaked morning and afternoon, the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s outdoor track & field sides participated in the annual CUNYAC Championship Meet, for the first time as a varsity program. The CSI women finished in a tie for fourth place in the six-team championship, while the CSI men finished fifth among six competing teams.
CSI would finish the meet with a total of 46 points, tied with Medgar Evers College for fourth-place overall. Hunter College won the Championship with 167 total points, followed by CCNY with 120 points and Lehman College with 71 markers.
CSI freshman Deavion Brown boasted CSI’s top performance in the 100-meter Dash. In preliminaries, Brown posted a time of 13.36, which earned her third place, but when it came down to the final, Brown turned it up a notch, and earned the gold medal with a race time of 13.30, just beating MEC’s Tasheka James, who came in just 0.02 seconds behind.
CSI would also earn big points in the 800-meter Run, where they had two racers medal. Kharyn Ethridge earned the silver medal with a race time of 2:35.54, earning eight points. Right behind her was Tristiana Adragna, who nabbed six points with a race time of 2:39.28, grabbing the bronze medal.
In the 1,500-meter Run, Ethridge would get her gold medal. She would win the event by over six seconds, putting up a time of 5:14.25 to win it, grabbing 10 points.
More points were earned in the field, where Stephanie Da Silva took the bronze in the Discus Throw. She tallied a distance of 67’4″, missing silver by less than a foot. Tracey Simon landed in 11th with a distance of 44’3″. Meanwhile, in the Javelin Throw, Rachel Edmonds scored herself a fourrth-place finish with a measurement of 81’3″ and teammate Cassidy Iannariello was right behind in 5th place tossing 79’11″. Vanessa mansur also threw, scoring 9th with a distance of 59’2″.
In the 200-meter Dash, CSI finished in 11th place, as Edmonds came in at 31.49, and Vassageia Watson came in 15th at 35.72.
Victoria DeBernardo was CSI’s lone steeplechase entrant, scoring a seventh-place finish which just missed scoring, with a time of 16:30.27.
Watson and Sarah Andes would just miss scoring in the Long Jump competition. Watson put up a distance of 11’8.25, for 9th place, while Andes was right behind her in 10th with a distance of 11’5.75″. In the Shot Put competition, Da Silva led the way with a distance of 25’1.25″ which helped her finish 11th. Simon placed 13th with a distance of 22’7″, while Ommiya Butt finished 16th with a distance of 16’3″.
CSI finished with 50 points in total at the meet, good for fifth overall. CCNY and Lehman shared the Championship, as both teams scored an identical 132 points. Hunter finished in third place with 102 points, while York just did beat our CSI, scoring 55 points to CSI’s 50.
CSI got their first points in the 200-meter Dash. There, freshman Jared Nusser finished in fourth-place, posting a time of 24.68. Jordan Thompson also scored a single point by finishing in sixth, posting a time of 24.76. It was one of the closest races of the afternoon, as first through sixth place were separated by just 0.77 seconds. Also finishing in the 200 was Canaan Rodriguez, who posted a time of 27.05, finishing 15th.
CSI registered another single point when Nusser finished sixth in the 400-meter Dash. He would finish at 53.75. Jordan Thompson did not score, finishing 10th overall at 54.91, while Justin Fernandez finished 13th at 58.73. Jaron Thompson would finish 15th, posting a time of 59.79.
CSI was great in the distance heats today and they got their first gold-medal performance by Liam McMunn in the 800-meter Run. McMunn would come in at 2:05.89, winning the gold, and beating teammate David Outlaw, who posted a time of 2:08.65 for the silver medal, a personal best. Jaron Thompson would finish 11th overall at 2:26.13.
McMunn would make it a perfect two-for-two on the day when he would win gold again with a 4:19.66 run in the 1,500-meter Run, winning it by less than a second over Hunter’s Kyle Harris. Ahmed Khodir missed scoring but finished eighth at 4:57.49 and Trevin Robinson was 10th at 5:57.94.
Outlaw would continue to land points in the 10K, posting a time of 36:00.93, a personal best to take the bronze medal there, while Spencer Milto would finish fifth and grab a pair of points with a finish time of 36:19.44, in his first 10K of the year as well. Daniel Palmieri would finish at 41:28.32, in 9th place.
As a unit, CSI would score a pair of points in the 4×100 Relay, as Jordan Thompson, Olaitan Okeowo, Canaan Rodriguez and Nusser posted a time of 47.17 to finish fifth overall. Then, in the 4×400 Relay, CSi would take the bronze medal with a time of 3:47.94 as Outlaw, McMunn, Justin Fernandez, and Jordan Thompson did the honors.
Milito would just miss scoring in the 5K Run, posting a time of 18:18.59, placing him seventh in the field.
In field events, Okeowo placed 13th in the Long Jump with a distance of 12’5.25″.
For the Dolphins, the tough weather did put a damper on some race times, as many of the schools competing missed out on potentially more personal-best race times, but as a unit the team accomplished some terrific results in their first program year. Up next for the Dolphins will be potential ECAC Postseason qualifying. The Dolphins will know their positioning in the next couple of days.