The spring semester was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing an unexpected and unceremonious end to the careers of student-athletes across the nation. Though the season was brought to an unexpected early close, that does not take away from the accomplishments of St. Bonaventure's senior student-athletes.
As part of what would have been the final day of Atlantic 10 Track Championships (May 3, 2020), we honor our cross country/track graduating seniors.
First, a message from head coach Bob MacFarlane:
To our graduating seniors: As we have said since day one In the recruiting process, being here was a journey and not a destination. Your journey has included growth in many areas. The academic challenges met, the social skills developed, and the physical growth seen, are all a part of the bigger picture of the educational and athletic process. As a graduating senior athlete, you have been challenged to set your goals high, stretch yourself, and not to be afraid to take a risk in all that you do. You have also been taught that athletics is a preparation for life and what you learn from being on a team is invaluable.
And as for the educational aspect, we cannot be more proud of you for being one of the top teams on a yearly basis with your GPA and your APR scoring within the NCAA. Your dedication and desire to excel was second to none.
As you graduate from St. Bonaventure, don't forget what you have been taught, both in the classroom and the field of competition. Be a leader among family and friends, Be a leader in your community and a leader in your next endeavor of life. Be a responsible citizen and a good representation of all of those who have invested their time to prepare you for this point in your life.
We as coaches appreciate the fact that you were a member of our team here at St. Bonaventure. You made it fun to work and be part of a very successful team atmosphere. We will remember those things and make the application of those things to our everyday life. We will remember the "little things" that it took to be successful.
WILL DELANEY - SUMMIT, N.J.
Will Delaney has had a record-setting career during his time at Bonaventure. He has set multiple program records and has a top-10 time in every event he has run, becoming the only Bonnies athlete to accomplish this feat.
An Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Performer of the Week as a freshman, that only set the tone for a career that would see him lead the team in nearly every cross country event he competed in over the next four years.
He is also a 3-year Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection, earning his degree in accounting while starting a graduate MBA program in Professional Accountancy.
SYDNEY BEEMAN - SAYRE, PA.
When Sydney Beeman wrapped up her Bonnies career after cross country season, she did so as one of the top runners in program history.
She finished first on the team in 6 of 7 meets this fall and consistently ran at the head of the pack during her four seasons.
Beeman ranks fifth in SBU 6K times and eighth in 5K and also is in the record book for track 400 meters (4th), 800 meters (2nd), and 1500 meters (5th).
STEPHANIE BARRY - ASHBURN, VA.
A four-year member of the Bonnies, Stephanie Barry has been a leader for the program in competition and in the classroom.
She was in the team's top five in every XC event as a freshman before battling injuries, but returned to place for the team again the past two years.
An A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, she was in our top seven five times this fall. She plans to continue her education at LECOM School of Dental Medicine after graduation.
KYLE HALLER - GOSHEN, N.Y.
A four-year team member, Kyle Haller is a marketing major from Goshen, N.Y. who followed both of his parents by soon becoming a member of the St. Bonaventure alumni family.
An Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll pick each of the past three years, he has often been in the team's XC top seven and is in SBU's all-time individual outdoor track top-10 for the 400 and 800 as well as the indoor 1000.
He will continue his education at St. Bonaventure in the fall in the MBA program.
JENNA CHERRY - KERSEY, PA.
Jenna Cherry has been part of our program for four years, leading in competition and in the classroom as an Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll member.
She ranks eighth in our track 400 meter times and this spring stood third in our indoor mile ranks. She will graduate with a marketing degree and plans to return to Bona's in the fall to pursue her MBA.
LUKE GOBEL - BALLSTON SPA, N.Y.
Luke Gobel is a three-year member of the program, competing in nearly every event for the team during that time.
An Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection as an international studies major, he has accepted a position with the Peace Corps in Comoros following graduation.
TRISTEN REID - PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.
Tristen Reid is a four-year member of the Bonnies, and has also been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll several times.
Her 2018 time in the 200 meters (29.35) ranks atop our outdoor track record book and she is also third in the 400.
As a junior, she set PR XC times in the 5K (21:14.9) and 6K (26:39.1).
MEAGHAN RALPH - WAYNE, N.J.
Meaghan Ralph is another four-year member of the program who showed tremendous improvement during her career, particularly in cross country.
Always a strong track competitor, she ranks as our program record holder in the 400 and is third in the 200 and fifth in the 800. Another A-10 Honor Roll member, she had a PR XC 5K time this fall at the Louisville Classic.
A health science major, after graduation she will be a medical scribe and getting patient care hours while studying for the MCAT.
ANIA RZEPKA - FORT MILL, S.C.
Ania Rzepka has been a part of our program for the past three seasons after joining us from South Carolina.
She has been a frequent member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and she stands seventh on our program 3000 meters list.
She will be working an apprenticeship with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington D.C.
RYAN SIGNORINO - ERIE, PA.
Ryan Signorino walked on to the Bonnies running program and has been a part of the team for the past four years.
Several times a Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection, he has consistently improved his times throughout his career and has been honored for his success in the classroom. He ranks fourth on our outdoor track 10K record book list. He is currently a graduate student working toward a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
MARK VACCARO - FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y.
Mark Vaccaro is an accounting major who is a four-year member of the #Bonnies running program.
Also a multi-time Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree, he ranks in our track top 10 in several events: 1500m (3rd), 400m (8th), 800m (10th).
He will return to Bonaventure next fall and begin work on his MBA.
CHRISTINE WALSH - KIRTLAND, OHIO
A four-year member of the program, Christine Walsh ranks third in our program record books for the 3000 meters and seventh in the 5000.
During cross country, she frequently placed in the team's top seven despite battling injuries. In the classroom, she is an Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree.
A sport studies [human development] major, she will attend the University of South Florida for grad school for exercise science.
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