Cross Country’s Andria Scaglione Excels in both Athletics and Academics

Andria Scaglione has been winning big this fall, including a first place finish at the Jaspers XC Fall Invite. GOJASPERS/COURTESY

By Jocelyn Visnov, Production Editor/Web Editor

Andria Scaglione is making strides in cross country and in the classroom. Scaglione started her senior year strong with both athletic and academic achievements. 

After training consistently throughout the summer, Scaglione’s hard work paid off as she took home a first-place win at the Jasper Cross Country Invitational meet at Twin Ponds Farm. 

According to GoJaspers, Scaglione finished the 6k race with a final time of 21.46.1, crossing the finish line 20 seconds before the 2nd place finisher. 

“Leading up to the race I definitely felt some nerves, but luckily had my coach and teammates there to ease them,” she wrote. “I was able to succeed and give 100% of my effort that day because I was able to keep my nerves in check and stay relaxed. I was and am surrounded by so much positive energy from my teammates and knowing that they too were giving their all encouraged me to do the same.” 

In addition to cross country, Scaglione is also a distance runner for the MC track and field team. However, her campus involvement stretches beyond athletics. 

Scaglione is majoring in exercise science with a minor in religious studies. She is an active member of the Phi Epsilon Kappa kinesiology honor society, and a campus captain for a non-profit organization called Hidden Opponent, which provides mental health resources to student athletes. 

“It was really nice to get a win at Twin Ponds.” Scaglione wrote. “I feel like this was a good step- ping stone in my season thus far, however with a lot of the season left I am not satisfied and am excited to keep the momentum going towards MAACs.”

“I have balanced my athletic and academic schedule through time management, mainly using my planner,” she wrote, “I am a very visual person and like to write out my day every morning, so I know what needs to be done versus what I can save for later.” 

Scaglione’s academic and community efforts have recently led her to being honored as MAAC Student-Athlete of the week in September. 

Coming to MC from her hometown of Oceanside, Long Island, Scaglione often competes with a familiar face by her side, her sister, Nicola “Nikki” Scaglione. 

Nicola Scaglione expressed her admiration for her sister and her recent win at the Twin Ponds invitational.

“Andria’s recent victory is exemplary of her daily drive and did not come to a surprise to me or anyone that knows who she is and how she is,” Nicola wrote. “She knows how to dominate a space with humility, a quality that is hard to come by when people are at the level she is.”

In turn, Andria feels immense gratitude for her sister and teammate. 

“Training and competing with my sister Nikki has been one of the greatest privileges I have been able to experience as a college athlete,” she wrote. “Not many individuals can say that they were able to experience the highs and lows of their sport or college in general with their sister and I feel like our bond has grown more because of it. I could not imagine it any other way.” 

Andria Scaglione is no stranger to success. In previous years, she has earned titles such as 2021 Metropolitan Outdoor Champion (5000 meters) and 2020 Metropolitan Indoor Champion (3000 meters). 

“One last thing is that I am extremely excited about our new team dynamic we have this year,” Andria said. “I am so proud of all of my teammates for bringing good attitude, energy and intention to every practice and meet we’ve had this season and am so excited to continue this journey with them!”