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Checking In: SUNY Cobleskill's Monsen is performing well

Checking In: SUNY Cobleskill's Monsen is performing well

A look at how Section II athletes are performing in college
Checking In: SUNY Cobleskill's Monsen is performing well
SUNY Cobleskill junior track standout Anastasia Monsen is a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.
  • A junior on the SUNY Cobleskill track and field team, Anastasia Monsen (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) is in the midst of one of her best seasons.

Last Friday, Monsen finished second overall in the 400-meter dash at the Jim Thorpe meet at Penn State with a mark of 1:01.24 on her way to being named this week’s SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Athlete of the Week.

Monsen has finished in the top 10 at 12 of her meets this season, including the RPI Capital District Classic in April, where she ran the 200 in 28.68 seconds to finish 10th, and the 400 in 1:04.90, to finish ninth.

At the Cortland Classic Invitational, she finished the 400 hurdles in 1:12.26, good for eighth place, and finished the 800 at the Muhlenberg Invitational in fourth place, with a time of 2:28.16. In the Utica College Blue and Orange Invitational in February, Monsen ran the 200 in 1:58.43 to finish in second place, and captured seventh in the 500 in 1:30.14. In the 400 at the Colgate University Class of 1932 Invitational, Monsen finished in 4:24.92, good for third place, while in the 800, she finished in 2:29.85 to take sixth.

  • Edena Sanchez (Amsterdam), a sophomore on the Houghton track and field team, won the 800-meter run and earned a win as part of the 3,200 relay at the Empire 8 Outdoor Championships last weekend.

Sanchez finished the 800 in 2:16.38, and the relay finished in 9:45.25.

  • A host of area players were recently named to SUNYAC all-conference softball teams.

Earning first-team selections were Geneseo junior Ashlyn Kersch (Ballston Spa), Brockport junior Meghan Cullen (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Cortland junior Kelly O’Gorman (Shenendehowa) and Plattsburgh senior Jennifer Groat (Ballston Spa).

Earning a second-team selection was Geneseo junior Hannah Elmer (Shenendehowa).

  • Briana Bowen (Cohoes), a senior on The College of Saint Rose softball team, was a key part of the program’s season, hitting .384 with eight doubles and 12 RBIs.

Bowen, who set a season-high with three hits against Southern Connecticut on April 27, increased her average from .296 last season, and her eight doubles are one shy of her 2018 total.

  • Nolan Isabella (Christian Brothers Academy) a sophomore defenseman on the Southern New Hampshire University men’s lacrosse team, started all 14 games this season, and had 46 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.

Isabella set a single-game program record with nine caused turnovers against Adelphi University, a total good for the second-highest single-game total in the history of NCAA Division II men's lacrosse. Isabella was selected as his program’s top defensive player.

  • Nicholas Lee (Glens Falls), a junior on The College of Saint Rose track and field team, ran the 1,500 in 4:48.98.

Lee, who set a personal best in the 3,000 at the Utica College Blue and Orange Invitational and Multi in February with a time of 9:14.16, also set a personal best in the 800 at the Utica College Pioneer Open in January, finishing in 2:08.59.

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