The College of Staten Island women’s cross-country team earned a pair of yearly citations from the City University of New York Athletic Conference, with the a major award for Sportsmanship Player of the Year and first-team All-Star citation going to senior Rebecca Vidal. Freshman Tristiana Adragna was also cited as an All-Star, having recently won the same honor for her role on the women’s tennis team.
A mainstay on the unit for an entire four-year cycle, Vidal’s performances have skyrocketed in recent years and she put together one of her finest seasons this year. She earned three of CSI’s Top 10 finishes in 6k races this year, including a 30:22.5 performance at the CSI Invitational at Clove Lakes Park in early-October. She came in 38th place at the annual CUNYAC Championship, posting a time of 32:51.3.
More importantly than her exceptional running this year, Vidal helped navigate the team as captain, and was a true ambassador for the sport with exceptional behavior and guidance for the otherwise very young team. Her leadership alone helped steady the unit and help it reached advanced standing within the conference.
Joining Vidal as a first-team All-Star was dynamic freshman Tristiana Adragna, who enjoyed a tremendous initial campaign to intro her college career. Adragna finished a CSI-best 14th at the CUNYAC Championship and posted CSI’s top three times in 8k’s all-season, She also posted CSI’s best 4k time this season at the St. John’s Fall Festival and had the unit’s fourth-best 5k time with her 24:41.02 run at the Purchase College Invitational.
CSI posted a sixth-place finish at the CUNYAC Championship this year, but set themselves up nicely for continued advancement with a plethora of new faces that showed improvement with each meet.