The College of Staten Island men’s cross country team had a quality run at its own Invitational this morning, placing fourth among 21 teams in the field in the 5K event held at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island. The Dolphins came in first overall against CUNYAC schools, finishing with 151 points overall in a race that featured 173 total participants.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy placed first overall with 51 points, followed by St. Joseph’s College of Long Island with 73 points and SUNY-Maritime with 95 points.
In the heavily-contested event, CSI’s Andrew Scharf came in first among the Dolphins, and 17th overall in the field with CSI’s best 5k time of the season at 18:14.1, which was also second among CUNYAC runners behind Lehman’s John Polina, who clocked in at a remarkable 16:48.6. Liam McMunn was just off of Scharf’s pace at 18:26.9, good for 21st overall.
Staten Island was not done there. Justin Mills was next to cross at 18:46, good for 29th place, and a few moments later, Kenneth Morella crossed at 18:52.7, good enough for 34th in the field. Matthew Day, at 20:18.1 turned in a quality race and was CSI’s fifth scorer, while Richard Ruggiero was just a touch behind at 20:28.3.
CSI would also cross Joshua Ribaudo (82nd, 20:46.3), Samuel Obisanya (84th, 20:49.6), and Zain Ali (87th, 20:53). In his first competitive meet, CSI’s Justice Lenon posted a time of 24:47.8, good for 150th.
The New School’s MacLean O’Donnell posted the meet’s top time of 16:26.