POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A total of three Marist student-athletes - senior Briana Crowe (Bayville, N.J.), senior Addie DiFrancesco (Waterbury, Conn.) and junior Chris Vanzetta (Latham, N.Y.) - were named First Team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District in Cross Country/Track on Thursday.
A Biology major and team captain, Crowe is a member of two school-record indoor track & field relay teams, the 4 X 800 (9:20.43) and distance medley (11:54.75). She is the second-fastest runner in the 800 meters in school history, and she earned scoring positions in the event at the MAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships the last three years. Crowe also placed sixth in the 800 at this year's MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. In cross country, she earned All-East honors at the 2011 ECAC meet, and was a member of the program's 2009 ECAC championship team.
DiFrancesco is a Communications/Journalism major with a minor in Creative Writing. She is the only female runner in school history with three career top-five finishes at the MAAC Cross Country championships. She led the Red Foxes to their first ECAC championship in 2009 with a team-best fifth-place finish. DiFrancesco holds the outdoor track & field school record in the 10,000 meters (36:12.42), and has qualified for the ECAC Championships three times in the event. With a second-place finish in the 10K in 2009, she has the program's best all-time finish at the ECAC Championships.
Vanzetta is a Business Administration/International major with a minor in Economics. He is a member of the 4 X 800 relay team which broke the school record three times in the Spring of 2012 and qualified for the IC4A Championships. He ran the leadoff leg each time the record was shattered, and the record now stands at 7:40.65, over 12 seconds better than what it was heading into this year's outdoor season.
The selections of Crowe, DiFrancesco and Vanzetta give Marist a total of 16 Academic All-District selections in the 2011-12 academic year.
To be eligible for CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.3, have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.