CROSS-COUNTRY MEN SCORE 5TH AT BARD INVITE; WOMEN PARTICIPATE

The College of Staten Island men’s cross-country team continued its steady pace in 2015, scoring a 5th place finish in the Bard College Invitational in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, this afternoon. CSI placing among the 15 schools overall in the 8k race, and was tops among CUNYAC competition. The women’s team did not place in their half of the event but had a cluster of quality finishes in the 5k event.

The men’s race featured a bit of history-making for CSI. Sophomore Andrew Scharf, the reigning CUNYAC Rookie of the Year, set a new school record in the 8k, by posting a time of 27:21, which was good for 9th place overall. The time was 23 seconds faster than Andrew Pate’s 2013 time in this same event. That set the course for a great event for CSI. Liam McMunn was next to cross for CSI with a time of 29:17, good for 24th among the field. Matthew Day came in at 30:19, and a few beats away was Khaled Halwani’s time of 30:52. The final scoring participant was Samuel Obisanya, who turned in a nice mark of 32:43.

Rounding out the runners for CSI was Kenneth Morella who came in at 33:12, Josh Ribaudo who placed 33:54 and Mike Jachcinski with a time of 35:59.

Union dominated the event, winning it with a miniscule 29 points. SUNY-Delhi was second at 46, followed by Maritime College (125), Albany College (141) and CSI with 163, 40 points higher than seventh-place finisher John Jay College.

CSI only raced with four women today, but those that did performed well in the 5k event. Victoria Barry turned in a time of 22:47 to lead the way, followed by Kristina Morel’s 23:08. Rebecca Vidal continued her good start to 2015 with a race time of 24:48, while Carissa Mazzeo was last to cross for the Dolphins with a time of 29:56.

Union again scored first place overall honors with 66 points, followed by SUNY-Delhi’s 72 points, and Albany College’s 82 points.

CSI races again next weekend at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx as part of the York College Invitational.

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