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2005

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/18/2007
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Michael Burkowski ’59 One of just two Jaspers that have competed in the NCAA Tournament in two sports, having been a key member to the Jaspers’ only NCAA Tournament baseball team in 1957, as well as the 1958 NCAA Tournament basketball team that defeated #1 ranked West Virginia, led by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, in the opening round. A .340 career batter, he was a two-time All-Metropolitan honoree, and helped lead the team to a Metropolitan Championship. On the hardwood, he was a valuable member of the first Jasper team to win the Holiday Festival, helped Manhattan to a #10 (UP)/#13 (AP) national ranking, as well as two NIT appearances.
Kye Courtney ’61 A member of the Manhattan two mile relay team that set the world indoor record in 1961, running 7:32.8 on a 11-lap to the mile track, and later setting the two mile relay record on a 12-lap track. An IC4A champ in the mile relay and the school record holder in the 600 yard run, Courtney later coached the Hawthorne (CA) High Track and Field teams to six boys’ and one girls’ state team championships. He also coached numerous world class athletes, including two time Olympian and three time Olympic medalist Mike Marsh.
Jennifer Drum ’95 Named MAAC Softball Player of the Year in 1995, after finishing second in the nation in triples per game, and 11th in slugging percentage. A two time captain and team MVP, she garnered All-MAAC recognition three times, and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team three times. A 1995 TPS First Team All-Region selection, Drum boasts a career batting average over .400, and tops the all-time Manhattan list for runs scored, hits, and triples, while holding down the second spot in home runs and RBI. She also was named a GTE Academic All-American in 1995.
Artie Evans ’61 Was the anchor leg on Manhattan’s 1961 World Record setting two-mile relay team, and was also a member of the Jaspers’ sprint medley team that set a school record at the 1960 Quantico Marines Relays. An Olympic Trials qualifier in the 800 meters, his quarterfinal time of 1:47.8 is among the fastest ever run for Manhattan. He tallied two AAU National Championships (in the mile relay as well as the 800), three Millrose Games titles, two Penn Relays championships, and was a top finisher in almost every major collegiate meet he competed in.
John Gorman ’50 Returned from a three-year Army commitment to become key cog in many of Manhattan relays, particularly in the mile relay, where he was a part of no less than 10 championship relays teams. In 1946 Gorman helped the Jaspers to a Penn Relays Championship of America title in the distance medley. In 1947, he ran on two AAU National Championship relays in one night, taking home the gold in the sprint medley as well as the mile relay at Madison Square Garden. Gorman was also a member of the 880 yard relay that won the Penn Relays Championship of America in 1948, the first time Manhattan College had ever won a sprint relay at this prestigious meet.
John Moran ’50 Was one of Manhattan’s most accomplished middle distance runners, leading off the two mile relay teams that won numerous major races, including national championships in both 1948 and 1949. He was also a significant contributor as an individual runner in the 880 yard and the 1000 yard, as well as on the Cross Country team. As a Master’s runner, Gorman placed first in the 55 and over category at the 1981 New York City Marathon.
Cari-Lynn Piotrowski ’92 Tallied 1,187 points and pulled down 688 rebounds, numbers that rank her eight in both categories on the all-time Manhattan College list. A two-time Preseason All-MAAC selection, she was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team in both 1990 and 1991, helping lead the Lady Jaspers to the MAAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. A team co-captain her senior season, Piotrowski’s tenacity on both ends of the court made her an invaluable teammate.
Larry St. Clair ’61 Was a member of the World Record setting two-mile relay team in 1961, breaking the 18-year old record. He was named Indoor Athlete of the Year by the Spiked Shoe Club for his performances during the 1959-60 season. St. Clair was the 880-yard champion at the Outdoor Metropolitan Championships in 1960 before winning the Metropolitan Cross Country individual title the next fall. He followed that up with the two World Record setting two-mile relays and is the only Manhattan runner to win a major individual cross country championship as well as run in both mile and two-mile relays teams that won major championships.

 

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