The College of Staten Island women’s cross-country team finished as CUNYAC Runner-Ups in 2014, and on the heels of one of their finest performances the team was rewarded with a collection of four all-star awards, it was announced today. Victoria Barry, Victoria Crea, Victoria Gallinaro, and Frances Gonzalez were the recipients in 2014, and all enjoyed quality campaigns.
Of the four, three Dolphins enjoyed freshmen seasons for the Dolphins. The lot includes Victoria Crea, who blazed in to a seventh-place finish at this year’s CUNYAC Championship, coming in with a time of 27:50.1, tops among all Dolphins and CSI’s best 6k time all season. Crea doubles on both the swimming and diving and basketball squads and the first-year player is off to a fantastic career. Fellow basketballer turned racer Frances Gonzalez turned in a tremendous finish at the CUNYAC Championship, racing in at a 28:36.4 clip, good for 13th overall and CSI’s second best 6k this season, destroying her previous best mark and earning her all-star status.
Rounding out the CUNYAC Top 15 at the Championship was Gallinaro, who placed 14th overall with a time of 28:42.1. Gallinaro is another freshman who doubles on the basketball team and overcame injury to score her highest finish of the season at the year-end meet. Rounding out the all-stars for CSI was lone junior Victoria Barry, who turned in another solid season in 2014 en route to a 29:01.6 finish at the CUNYAC Final, good for 18th overall.
Baruch College runner Maria Gonau took top honors this season as the CUNYAC Performer of the Year. Winning Rookie of the Year honors was Hunter College’s Norma Santos, while long-time Hunter coach Ed Zarowin took home the Coach of the Year honor after his team took gold at the CUNYAC Championship.