The College of Staten Island men’s outdoor track & field program celebrated it’s first-year ever as a varsity side, and the City University of New York Athletic Conference has noticed, as they named four Dolphins on their list for postseason honors. Freshman Jared Nusser, who joined the Dolphins in time for the outdoor season highlighted the group, was honored as the CUNYAC Rookie of the Year, and joined senior Liam McMunn and fellow frosh David Outlaw as an all-star. Jordan Thompson, also a freshman, was named to the CUNYAC’s All-Sportsmanship Team.
Nusser had an outstanding debut season for the Dolphins, constantly placing high in the standings in middle-distance events. Nusser claimed CSI’s best times in the 200-meter Dash (22.81), 400-meter Dash (50.79) and is also part of CSI’s top 4×100 and 4×400 teams as well. Nusser also posted six top 10 finishes in meets this outdoor season. He then posted three more alone a the 2019 CUNYAC Championship Meet. On the rain-soaked afternoon, Nusser posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter Dash with a time of 24.68, a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter Dash at 53.75, and then was a part of CSI’s fifth-place 4×100 finish at 47.17. Alongside his Rookie of the Year honor, Nusser was also named a Rookie of the Week during the regular season.
Decorated star Liam McMunn concluded a phenomenal senior campaign in 2019. McMunn earned CSI’s top outdoor marks in the 800-meter Run (1:56.63) and 1500-meter Run (4:15.05). He registered a first-place finish at the Coach O invite on April 14, among 22 racers in the 1,500. Overall, he had four Top 10 finishes in races this season leading up to the CUNYAC Championship and there, he grabbed two gold medals with a 2:05.89 finish in the 800 and then a 4:19.66 finish in the 1,500. He was also a part of CSI’s bronze-medal finish in the 4×400 relay. Four days later, McMunn set a personal best in the 1,500, posting a time of 4:15.01 for a bronze-medal finish at the ECAC Division III Championship Meet.
David Outlaw had a terrific debut year for CSI, setting a team-best time in the 10k with a time of 36:00.93. He was also a part of CSI’s 4×400 best foursome this season and posted the Dolphins’ best javelin throw of the season at 23.25 meters. During the regular season, Outlaw posted three Top 10 finishes during meets, and then, come show time at the CUNYAC Championship, Outlaw added a trio of medals, two of them in individual events and one in the 4×400. In the 800-meter Run, Outlaw posted a 2.08.65 time to win the silver medal, and then in the 10k, he posted his personal-best for a third-place finish.
Summing up the list of honorees was Jordan Thompson who was honored for his displays of sportsmanship during the season. A terrific and dedicated athlete, Thompson is part of a core of young players that have helped shape and mold the first year program.