Golden Knight Spotlight is a student-athlete profile series run by Alexander Lawrence ’18 in coordination with Golden Knights Athletics staff.
Sport: Cross Country (mid-distance)
Hometown: Kings Park, NY
Class Year: 2017
Favorite study spot: Second floor of the Library
Favorite food: Any type of chicken
One interesting fact about yourself: I played the piano for seven years.
What set SR apart from other schools: “I choose the school because I liked the atmosphere here. It was a more open and friendly environment.”
Why SR Cross Country: “When I did my overnight here, I bonded with the team more than any other team. They were just fun people.”
Most memorable moment or game: “Probably my freshman year. I scored in the 500 meter indoor Northeast-10 Conference Championship. It was a surprise because I just came off an injury and I ended up scoring the most point among the freshmen.“
How you got involved: “I started Cross Country in middle school. My older brother ran Cross Country and Track as well.”
Do you have a saying or motto you live by: “I have a YOLO sign that Ben (Kapuscinski, teammate) got for me as a gift. Whenever we need motivation or persuasion to do something we just look at that sign.”
Where you draw your inspiration from: “I draw my inspiration from my parents. There have been multiple times I’ve wanted to quit and they remind me why I’m doing this.”
How do you prepare before a game: “I have a playlist of music I listen to once I step on the bus until when I step off the bus.”
What are you looking to accomplish this year: “For Cross Country since this is my first year running it, I would like to finish top seven on the team.”
My Comments/ takeaway from the interview: Jesse Petrucci is a well-established runner here at The College of Saint Rose. Jesse is in his third year at the college currently studying accounting. Jesse is a valued teammate who wants to see everyone on his team do well. He has set a bar for himself and knows what he wants to achieve going forward. “We lost three of our top five runners last year which hurt us. Now people are definitely stepping up, getting focused, and prepared. We’ve had an eye-opening meet and I think we all know what we need to do. Going forward we hope to place top-five in the NE-10,” Petrucci said. “My teammates on and off the field push me every day to achieve my personal goals. They always try to help me anyway possible,” Petrucci said of his teammates. Jesse is a very positive young man and I think whatever he sets his mind to he can achieve it with hard work. His work ethic is not a question and I look forward to watching this Cross Country team this semester.
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