March 1, 2012
Junior Chrissy DelSanto has been a part of a very successful Cross Country program at Siena College for the past three years. Through her hard work and dedication, DelSanto has constantly paved the way for the women's Cross Country runners, often one of the runners at the front of the pack. At the MAAC Championships this fall, DelSanto had a strong performance, coming in 46th place in the 5K with a time of 24:40.9. DelSanto is constantly near the top among the women's runners, and has made an impact in the classroom as well.
As a history major working towards a Pre-Law Certificate, DelSanto has maintained a high GPA and has learned to manage her time effectively as a student athlete. After graduation, DelSanto hopes to enter attend graduate school to become a teacher.
"Chrissy made a huge jump from her senior year of high school to her freshman year of college, taking nearly two minutes off her best 5k time,” said head coach Alison Wade. “She has consistently been a strong runner for us for the past three years. She’s been putting in a lot of great training this spring, and she’s setting herself up to hopefully make another big jump this spring and next fall."
With her senior season ahead of her, keep an eye out for Chrissy DelSanto, as she hopes to have another impact year for Siena Cross Country. Let's learn more about this junior runner:
You speak of having a true love for the Yankees. What about baseball do you love?
I absolutely have a very big love for the Yankees! I grew up with my dad having a huge love for them and it just transferred over to me and I have been going to their games ever since I was little. There’s just something about baseball that really attracted me to the sport, being at baseball stadiums or watching it on TV such a rush for me watching a player hit a homerun and watching how excited they become.
What do you do before a race? Do you have any superstitions?
Before my races I usually try to relax, listen to my iPod and focus before my team starts to warm up with stretches and drills. I have a few superstitions! One of my big ones since high school are my tall socks, I have to be wearing my tall socks! My other superstition that only started when I got here is that I need to wear my hair in pigtail braids while I’m running my race. My last superstition that is also from high school is that for each race I keep all of my bib numbers in my backpack until the season is over.
Do you eat anything specific before or after a meet?
Before my meet I usually like to snack on Nutrigrain bars, the Apple Cinnamon ones of course and usually a banana. I don’t like to eat anything big or heavy before my race. After my race, all bets are off, I’ll try to stay healthy by eating a turkey and cheese sandwich but sometimes on our way back home I’ll sneak in an Italian sub into my post-race meal.
What do you do in your spare time, when you’re not doing homework or running?
I try to stay involved on campus! I am currently on Student Events Board as the Speakers Committee Chair, I’m in SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee), and I work as a scorekeeper for Intramurals and a few other things here and there around campus.
What got you into running?
When I was in fourth grade, my gym class had to run the timed mile. Well I finished in about 7:30, which is pretty fast for a 9 year old. My gym teacher told my mom to put me on some sort of track team and see how I do. I have been competing ever since they put me on that Holy Spirit CYO track team in fourth grade.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My parents I definitely would say are my biggest inspiration. They have encouraged and supported me from day one. They’ve backed all my decisions I have made and some of them have been insane. I know I can count on them for anything and they’ll always be there for me. They push me to do my best and be my best and I will be forever grateful for that.