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Checking in: Flower leading Sage cross country

Checking in: Flower leading Sage cross country

Catching up with former area stars
Checking in: Flower leading Sage cross country
Kerry Flower is leading Sage cross country.
Photographer: Photo courtesy Sage Athletics

Kerry Flower (Schalmont), a sophomore on the Sage women’s cross country team, was named the Empire 8 Female Cross Country Runner of the Week earlier this week for the second consecutive time.

At the Stephen E. Warde Invitational at SUNY Cobleskill,  Flower picked up her first individual win of 2019 in the women’s championship, taking the 6K race with a time of 23:51.15, beating out 89 others and powering the team to the championship.

The previous week, in the first meet of the season, she posted a time of 11:37.1 to finish in third place in a field of 40 at the Vassar Short Course meet.

Flower also finished first in the 10,000 meters at the Carla Coffey Track and Field Invitational in April, posting a time of 38:43.00.

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Kate Isaksen (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), a senior at Clarkson University, has been a vital part of the school’s women’s volleyball team this season. Isaksen registered a season-high 30 digs against Franklin & Marshall on Sept. 6.

Isaksen was recently named Liberty League Performer of the Week for the third time in her collegiate career. She also leads the conference with 5.76 digs per set on the season, and earned MVP honors at the North Country Invitational after a 3-0 week for Clarkson.

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Taylor Dorado (Guilderland), a senior goalkeeper on the Siena women’s soccer team, has made 35 saves in her team’s first six matches. She had a season-high eight saves against UMass on Sept. 5.

Dorado, who was named 2018 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, tied a program record with four Defensive Player of the Week awards last season, ranked 13th nationally with 108 saves, and set a school single-season record with a shutout streak of 5:13:27 from October 3 through 13, 2018.

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Makayla Hulett (Colonie), a junior on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute women’s volleyball team, has registered a career-high 68 digs and 77 kills in just nine matches this season.

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Griffin Clancy (Saratoga Springs), a redshirt senior on the University at Albany football team, has been an integral part of the team’s offensive line this season, which has contributed to the Great Danes averaging 33 points per game through a 1-1 start.

UAlbany’s offensive line helped Alex James earn CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 229 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against Bryant last weekend.

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Melissa Nealon (Shenendehowa), a redshirt senior on the UAlbany field hockey team, has recorded 15 saves in three games this season.

Nealon has an .833 save percentage and is averaging just 1.47 goals against in 2019. 

“Checking In” is a weekly feature that provides updates on how former Section II athletes are performing at the college level. Contact [email protected] to share information on local athletes.

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