For the second consecutive week the College of Staten Island men’s cross-country team made headlines, scoring a CUNYAC Rookie of the Week citation after a great competitive weekend.  This time, freshman Andrew Scharf did the honors, joining award winner Liam McMunn who boasted the honor a week ago.  Scharf was sensational in CSI’s own 5k Invitational held at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island on Sunday.

In a race that featured a hefty 173 total runners, it was hard to deny Scharf’s solid run of 18:14.1, good for 17th overall in the field.  Scharf was the second CUNYAC runner to place, landing behind Lehman’s John Polina who clocked in second overall.  The faring had a lot to do with CSI’s push for 4th place overall among the 21 scoring teams, and the unit came in first among the CUNYAC contingents.

Because it was CSI’s first 5k of the competitive season, Scharf’s time doubled as CSI’s best 5k time this season, and the impeccable race time now stands as the seventh-fastest time by a male cross-country runner in CSI history.

The Dolphins will be back on the terrain this weekend, competing at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlander Invitational at Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday at 11:00am.  The women will also race at 10:00am.