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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Manhattan rewards memorable athletes

By Raphael Sugarman
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Manhattan College held its 34th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Saturday in Smith Auditorium. Eight inductees were recognized for their dedication and devotion to the college’s athletic program.

The inductees include Tiffanie Poole Gentles, a track and field competitor from the class of 2000. More than a decade after her graduation, three of her records at Manhattan still stand.

Indoors, she ran the 200 meters in 24.22 seconds at the New York Sports Museum Invitational, and two weeks later, added a time of 3:41.01 in the 4 x 400-meter relay at the Jasper Relays. Outdoors, she and her teammates recorded a 4 x 400 time of 3:39.64 at the Penn Relays in 1997.

Travis Lyons is a basketball player from the class of 1998. During the 1994-95 season, Lyons was the only freshman to play in every basketball game, shooting more than 50 percent from the field and free throw line. 

As a senior, he was captain of the Jaspers and shot 62.1 percent from the field, the second best in the team’s history. He was also named to the All-MAAC First Team that year.

Bo Kucyna, a soccer player from the class of 1981, was named First Team All-Conference all four years he was at Manhattan and was named Conference MVP as a senior. 

He was invited to the All-Tournament Team of the Kronenburg Indoor Invitational in 1980 and received All-New York State Honorable Mentions as a junior and a senior. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the College’s Block M Awards.

Sandy Gordon, a basketball player from the class of 1988, is the Jaspers’ all-time career assists leader with 592 and all-time single-season assist leader with 220. 

Named MVP in the Loyola Invitational Tournament in 1986, she was key to the Jaspers’ first-ever MAAC Tournament victory under coach and Hall of Famer Kathy Solano in 1987.

Fran Fraschilla coached the men’s basketball team from 1992 to 1996. He has the highest winning percentage (.716) of any men’s basketball coach in the college’s history. 

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