The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s cross-country set up shop in Annandale-on-Hudson this weekend, taking part in the Bard College Invitational on Saturday. The CSI men, taking on the 8k course came in seventh overall among 12 scoring teams (17 overall), while the women, who did not place, had three personal best times captured.
Leading the way for CSI as expected was sophomore Andrew Pate, who came in at 29:42, CSI’s overall fastest time in the 8k this season. Pate improved his personal best race time by a full 10 seconds, and his time was 25 seconds faster than his race last week at the Queensborough Invitational. Impressing heavily was also freshman Samuel Obesanya, who clocked in at 30:15, besting his personal best time by a hefty 1:37, earning his highest place (14th) thus far into the season.
CSI’s Richard Ruggiero and Michael Wallace followed suit, also with personal best times in this race. Ruggiero came in 44th place with a time of 33:28, shedding 1:12 off of his previous best mark. Wallace came in at 34:39, good for 56th overall in the field, 52 seconds faster than his previous best. Rounding out the scoring for CSI was Shawn Cybulska with a time of 37:32 and Michael Gratkowski, who finished at 42:23.
The CSI women failed to place in their turn at the race, only sending three total racers to the line. Still, the trio of women all were impressive, marking personal bests in the process. Leading the charge was Jacqueline Jamaleddine, who clocked in at 24:08, who shed just over two minutes off of her previous best, and it was the best 5k time by a Dolphin woman this season. Ayat Odeh improved on her time by a whopping 5:48, coming in at 29:18, while Sandra Battle came in at 33:26, a full 2:10 over her previous best.
CSI will next host their very own meet at Clove Lakes Park this Sunday, September 30, beginning at 10:00am.