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Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/18/2007
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Gerard Houlihan ’79 A key member of the Crew team during his time in Riverdale, he helped the team win the Grimaldi Cup Regatta and the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in the Heavyweight 4+ event as a junior. After a fire destroyed the team’s boathouse in the Fall of 1978, Houlihan’s enthusiasm rallied the team and paced two Varsity boats to wins at the Gimaldi Cup and to the team championship at the MIRA Championships, taking home wins in three events. He led Manhattan to its first ever appearance at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships before competing for the New York Athletic Club as a postgraduate. With the NYAC Houlihan helped win five US National team titles, and was among the elite in US Rowing from 1980-1984, advancing to the semi-finals of the Olympic Trials twice.
Ricky Marsh ’77 Enjoyed an outstanding two-year career at Manhattan after transferring from Nebraska. A Dean’s List student, Marsh was named All-Metropolitan as a junior. While serving as a co-captain as a senior, he received the Doc Sweeney Award as MVP of the annual game with Fordham, and was selected to play in the Big Apple Classic. Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the eighth round of the 1977 NBA Draft, Marsh started 50 of the 60 games he appeared in and leads all Jaspers in games played in the NBA.
John Ogle ’51 One of the most accomplished throwers in Manhattan Track and Field history, Ogle graduated holding school records in the shotput, the discus, and the weight throws. He won the shot and weight titles at the Junior Metropolitan AAU Indoor Championships as a sophomore and junior. Ogle saved his best for his senior season, pacing the Jaspers to the Junior National AAU Indoor Championship with first place finishes in shot and weight, while breaking the meet record in the weight with a throw of 57’ 1/4”. He throwing prowess also helped lead Manhattan to team titles at the Metropolitan ICAAU Indoor, ICAAAA Indoor, and Met ICAAU Outdoor Championships. The IC4A Indoor title was the first for Manhattan since 1939.
Wallace Pina ’53 A decorated member of numerous winning one mile relay teams for Manhattan, he began his Jasper career by going undefeated in the indoor 600 and the outdoor 400 meter dashes. As the leadoff leg for the mile relay, he consistently handed the baton off in first place for a team that did not lose a race for three years. Among the races Pina helped win were the 1952 National AAU Indoor Mile Relay Championship, the first time the Jaspers had won the event, the 1952 Milrose Games mile relay, the 1953 Penn Relay Championship of America, and the 1952 and 1953 Los Angeles Relays mile relay, with the team’s time at the 1953 meet establishing a school record. After college, Pina led the New Rochelle High School track teams to numerous team and individual championships, including a 13-year dual meet undefeated streak.
Kathy Solano Coached the women’s basketball team from 1983-1992, winning the program’s first two MAAC Championships in 1987 and 1990. She posted an overall record of 138-121, which ranks her first in wins and second in winning percentage. Solano was named the NYS Collegiate Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year in 1987 and the Metropolitan Collegiate Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year in 1990. 12 of her players received All-MAAC recognition, including one All-American and MAAC Player of the Year, Sheila Tighe, and one Academic All-American, Stacey Jack. In addition, seven Lady Jaspers that played for her, including five of her recruits, have been inducted into the Manhattan Athletic Hall Of Fame.
Gina Somma ’96 Capped off a tremendous career for the women’s basketball program by being named MAAC Player of the Year, Metropolitan Player of the Year, and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American as a senior, after finishing third in nation in scoring (25.6 ppg) and leading the Lady Jaspers to the MAAC title and an NCAA berth. She graduated having scored 1,838 points and grabbed 819 rebounds, which currently ranks her third and fifth, respectively, on the Lady Jasper all-time list. Somma was named Second Team All-MAAC as a sophomore and junior, and led the team in scoring scoring, steals, and blocks three times, and rebounding four times.
JoJo Walters ’79 Named a Playboy Magazine Preseason All-American prior to his senior season, this two-year player, Walters averaged 22.7 points per game as a senior captain, a figure that ranks him sixth on the Manhattan single season scoring average list. His career scoring average of 20.4 points per game placed him fourth in Jasper history. A two-time All-Met selection, he was named the top JuCo transfer in the East in 1978-79 by Eastern Basketball Magazine and the MVP of the annual game vs. Fordham in 1979. Walters was an eighth round draft pick by the Washington Bullets in the 1979 NBA Draft.
Peter Runge ’90 A three-time Second Team All-MAAC performer, Runge was also a two-time Academic All-American, and was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Pi and Delta Mu Delta honor societies. Twice named All-Met and a three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, Runge was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team as a freshman, and currently ranks fifth on the career scoring list (1,622) and fourth on the career rebounding list (894), while also ranking in the top 10 on the career lists for rebounds per game, free throws made and attempted, field goals made and attempted, and field goal percentage.


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