Springfield, MA | It was a non-scoring meet for the teams in attendance, but for the College of Staten Island, Saturday’s track & field showcase at Springfield College was a historic and monumental event, ushering in the first-ever varsity competition for the school in the indoor sport. The Dolphins won a pair of events outright, and stayed stride-for-stride the entire morning and afternoon.
A total of 30 events comprised the meet, 15 each for the women and the men. The CSI women were the owners of CSI’s two gold medal performances, both in the 60-meter performances. The men and women combined earned a total of 19 Top 10 performances.
History was made today as a pair of freshman standouts took the first varsity gold medals in the sport in CSI history. First was the 60-meter dash. CSI freshman Deavion Brown came in first during the qualifier with a time of 7.98, a little over a tenth of a second better than Rhode Island College’s Emma Landroche. When it came time for the finals, Brown was a hair off of her qualifying time, but she still took gold by beating RIC’s Eleni Grammas but just one one-hundredth of a second coming it at 8.03 to Drammas; 8.04.
Later, in the 60-meter hurdles competition, the same results bode true for freshman Brittani Broderick. First, Breoderick took the qualifiers with a time of 9.48, beating Westfield senior Alexa Popp by 0.12. Then, in the final heat, Broderick was stellar, putting in a run of 9.51 to win the event by 0.30, the first win of her career.
CSI also had some great finishes in other events as well. See below for the full lineup:
200-meter dash: Broderick came in 10th among 29 runners with a time of 28.14, less than two seconds from the top time. Brown took 16th at 29-even. Nouran Abualam placed 26th at 32.76, and Sarah Andres and Jolisa Wright finished 28th and 29th, respectively.
1,000-meter run: Rachel Edmonds and Victoria DeBernardo came in 7th and 8th, respectively, with times of 3:57.77 and 4:28.53.
3,000-meter run: Veronica Lorenzo placed 9th in the field with a run of 14:15.34
4×400-meter relay: CSI’s unit of Broderick, Andres, Edmonds, Brown, Wright and Abualam recorded a time of 4:47.23, good for third place.
Shot Put: Edmonds finished 13th at 7.04m, Stephanie DaSilva was next at 6.36m, and Ommiya Butt was 15th at 3.77m.
CSI Liam McMunn claimed the most impressive result of the day on the men’s side in the 1-mile competition. Among the nine runners, McMunn turned in a fourth-place performance with a time of 4:54.50. Teammates Spencer Milito, Daniel Palmieri, and Justin Fernandez finished 7th through 9th in teh competition as well.
CSI also put in a healthy result in the team’s 4×800-meter relay event. The group of Jaron Thompson, Fernandez, Milito, McMunn, Erik Sanchez, and Ahmed Khodir earned the silver medal with a time of 9:47.86.
The Dolphins decorated the scoresheet in other events as well. See below for all of the results.
60-meter Dash: Wilson Esguerra finished 13th among 21 runners in qualifiers with a time of 7.75.
200-meter Dash: CSI had three runners in competition, led by Jordan Thompson’s run of 25.28, good for 13th among 22 racers. Esguerra came in 19th at 25.93, while Jaron Thompson finished with a time of 26.59, good for 20th.
400-meter Dash: Jordan Thompson was seventh among 10 runners with a time of 56.38, while Jaron Thompson was 10th with a race time of 1:00.06.
1,000-meter Run: McMunn finished fifth with a time of 3:03.64. Just one one-hundreth of a second behind him in sixth was Khodir. sanchez placed seventh with 3:12.32, and in eighth was Palmieri at 3:33.91.
3,000-meter Run: Milito was CSI’s lone participant, finishing 10th among 12 racers with a time of 10:16.17.
4×400–meter Relay: Esguerra, Khodir, Sanchez, and Jordan Thompson helped CSI finish fouth among five teams with a time of 3:57.57.
Shot Put: Canaan Rodriguez put up a score of 7.30m, placing him 9th overall in the field.
With their first-ever track and field meet in the books, CSI will now focus on training predominantly, and will not participate in another meet until January 11, 2019, when they participate in Staten Island’s Spartan Invitational held at Ocean Breeze.