Mohonasen distance running star Sherman picks Iona

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHERMohonasen cross country standout Kate Sherman announced Wednesday that she will attend Iona next fall.


Mohonasen cross country standout Kate Sherman announced Wednesday that she will attend Iona next fall.

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Mohon’s Sherman commits to Iona

Kate Sherman, Mohonasen High School’s history-making distance running star, is headed to Iona College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Sherman informed Iona director of cross country and track and field Joe Pienta and his assistant, Erik Jolivette, of her commitment in a Zoom conference call Tuesday.

“On Monday, I sat down with my parents and we went over the pros and cons. I kept narrowing it down,” said Sherman, who talked to 15 colleges and received offers from five of them. “Looking at the athletics and the academics, Iona was the best fit for me. Being close to home was another plus.”

The 17-year-old senior will compete in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the Gaels. It was on the cross country course at Saratoga Spa State Park last fall when Sherman became Mohonasen’s first Section II Class B individual champion. She went on to place seventh at the state meet.

“Iona is a perennial MAAC champion, and every year they are a contender to send a team to the nationals,” said Bill Sherman, Kate’s dad and high school coach. “They said they were one athlete short, and they were looking for that person, but they are not going to put pressure on her too soon.”

That suits the multi champion just fine.

“I want to use my first year as a transition to the college level,” the youngster said. “And I want to contribute.”

Sherman’s list of distance running accomplishments is extensive, and includes an unbeaten cross country record against Colonial Council competition. She won the 3,000 at the indoor Section II Division II championship meet last winter, and as a sophomore won the 3,000 and 1,500 at the indoor Section II Division III title meet.

“They like her steady improvement since she was a freshman,” Bill Sherman said. “They really think she has more in the tank because our program style is to not get everything little thing out of them. That was a big piece of the puzzle.”

Stony Brook, the University of Buffalo, Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell also made offers to Kate Sherman, who will be joining former Amsterdam running standout and current Iona junior Olivia Lazarou at the institution. Former Schalmont running star Julia Flower completed her senior year at Iona last spring.

“I’m really happy,” said Sherman, who made unofficial visits to Iona and
UMass Lowell. “When I made my decision it was
really stressful, but I’m happy, and relieved.”

Sherman was ranked
No. 5 among the state’s Class B cross country runners on the Tully Runners preseason list. Mohonasen isn’t running this fall, though, as the Colonial Council opted to shift its cross country campaign to the “Fall II” season that is scheduled to start March 1.

Sherman ranks in the top 10 academically in her senior class at Mohonasen and has an interest in political science, though she has yet to pin down a collegiate major.


Sydney Reinisch and Kelly Westervelt knocked in two goals apiece, and Shenendehowa beat Suburban Council foe Columbia on its senior recognition night 6-0. Hannah Merritt and Syracuse commit Rachel Sterle both had a goal and an assist for the Plainsmen.




Halftime: Shenendehowa led 2-0. Columbia scoring: None. Shenendehowa scoring: Reinisch 2-0, Westervelt 2-0, Merritt 1-1, Sterle 1-1. Goalkeepers: Columbia, Brien, 8 saves. Shenendehowa, Kisling, 1 save.






At Broadalbin-Perth (3.1 miles) — Greski (SG), 17:04.4; Greene (SG), 17:54.0; Tebano (SG), 19:17.2; Dylong (BP), 19:55.0; Allen (SG), 20:26.1.




At Broadalbin-Perth (3.1 miles) — James (SG), 21:00.4; Krogh (SG), 21:53.0; Smith (SG), 23:26.0; Tomlinson (BP), 24:12.5; Brown (BP), 24:17.5.

COACHES: To report results, please email [email protected] on the day of the event. Submissions accepted daily until 10:15 p.m.

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