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Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 10/25/2006
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Cheryl Simoni '88 Set school track and field records in 1988 that still stand today in the 3,000-meters (9:43.07) and 5,000-meters (17:06.18) in Indoors. Also holds school records in 3,000 (9:46.50) and 5,000 (17:05.60) in Outdoors. Shares school record in Distance Medley Relay (11:58.20) in Outdoor. Holds record for fastest time at Van Cortlandt Park (18:01). Named MAAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year as a senior and was a MAAC Academic All-American for two years. Three-time Cross Country MVP. CoSIDA Academic All-American. Recieved the College's Medal for Excellence in English and was President of the National Enlish Society her senior year. Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.96 GPA.

Samuel Summerville '80

Five-time All-American in track. Part of IC4A Champion two-mile relay team in 1977. School record holder in 800 Meters (1:46.48), 4x800-meter Relay (7:17.80) and Sprint Medley Relay (3:19.20) in outdoor. Member of Chi Epsilon Honor Society. Set AAU meet record in 1977 in the 800-meters, earning the Junior National Championship.
Robert Mead '66 NCAA Champion who established NCAA meet record in 35-lb. Weight Throw (59' 1/2"). IC4A 35-lb. Weight Throw Champion. Undefeated as a senior. As a junior, broke school record and placed fourth at IC4A in Hammer Throw. Also won Hammer Throw at Metropolitan Conference Championship and set a meet and Jasper record. Won the Masters Weight Pentathlon, and set nationa record for that age group. Recently won the Hammer Throw at the National Masters Championship.
Tonja Rice Isola '88 Awarded one of the first female track scholarships at Manhattan. Youngest runner to earn All-East honors in 1984 and qualified for the Junior National TAC Championships. Given nickname "Two-Minute Rice" by New York Times. Dominant runner in 800-meters. Helped team win MAAC and Metropolitan Cross Country Championship. Part of school record 4x1500-meter relay (19:47.00) in outdoor. Holds school records in 600-yards (1:25.00), 800-meters (2:09.83) and 1000-meters (2:35.80) in indoor.
Robert A. Sbarra '56 NCAA All-American in 10,000-meters in 1956. Also qualified for the 1956 Olympic Trials in 10,000-meters, just missing an alternate slot. Won oveer a dozen individual dual meet cross country races and five individual championship races. Set cross country course record at Penn State and the Met AAU Junior Indoor three-mile record. Captain of the cross country team as a senior.
William Wheeler '88 First Manhattan player to score 1,000 points and in only two years, finishing with 1,278 points. Selected as "Transfer Player of the Year" by Basketball Times. Named to the All-Metropolitan Team, Second Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Academic Team. Recently named to Bishop Loughlin High School Hall of Fame.
Sean O'Keefe '69 Two-way player for first club football team (1965) since World War II. Named Club All-American. Captained the defense as a senior. Offered a free agent contract by Washington Redskins coach Vince Lombardi, but chose to enlist in the Marine Corps. Led team in interceptions, ranked second in receiving and third in rushing in 1967.
Leonard Palumbo '32 Co-founder of Manhattan golf team in 1928-29. Top golfer on the team who averaged in the low 70's. Golf team earned varsity status his senior year. Captained and coached the team in 1932. Qualified for National Amateur Finals in 1934. Graduated with honors and was a member of the Phi Ro Pi Honor Society.


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