Four Knights Named SUNYAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year

GENESEO, N.Y. - Four SUNY Geneseo student-athletes were named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Year, announced by conference officials on Thursday. Women's soccer senior Jennifer Moran, women's cross country senior Elise Ramirez, men's cross country junior Sean McAneny and women's volleyball senior Emily Ast each received the conference honor in their respective sports.

A senior accounting major with a 3.98 GPA, Moran was named the 2018 SUNYAC Tournament MVP, a third-team all-conference selection and a Google Cloud Academic All-District Selection, as selected by CoSIDA. The three-time SUNYAC Elite 20 Award winner led the Knights to back-to-back SUNYAC titles and NCAA Tournament appearances while also serving as a peer tutor in accounting, a member of the Student Finance Committee and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. 

Ramirez has earned a 3.67 GPA as a biology major. The two-time SUNYAC women's cross country Runner of the Year finished first at the Atlantic Regional to lead Geneseo to its fourth-consecutive regional title. She was named US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and finished 25th overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, leading the Knights to a fifth-place finish. 

McAneny has compiled a 3.93 GPA, including a 4.0 in the fall of 2018, as an english major. The SUNYAC Runner of the Year led Geneseo to conference and regional titles, and finished second among 307 runners at the 2018 Atlantic Region Championships. At the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, McAneny crossed 24th overall to lead the Knights to a 10th-place finish. 

Ast was named to the 2018 SUNYAC All-Tournament Team after finishing second in the conference with 9.32 assists per set and sixth with 708 assists. She led the Knights to a 9-0 regular season conference record for the first time in program history and guided the team to the SUNYAC finals. The accounting major has accumulated a 3.75 GPA as an accounting major while also participating in Geneseo SAAC, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies and Relay for Life.