Geneseo, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the 2017 SUNY Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame class. The group will be honored at the annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony slated for Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom on the Geneseo campus.
The 2017 class includes women's softball standout Katie Hovey Soluri '03, men's diver Randy Shepard '93, women's basketball player Megan Sheehan Sarao '02 and men's basketball star Joe Zera '05.
A dominant double threat, Soluri aided the Knights to a record of 126-40 over four seasons on the diamond, including the 2002 SUNYAC title and NCAA Division III regional appearance and ECAC Upstate tournament titles in 2000 and 2003. At the plate, the Sandy Creek, New York native graduated second all-time in at bats (491), third in games played (164) and hits (159), fifth in doubles (28) and total bases (193) and sixth in RBI (81). In the circle, Soluri holds the school record with a .770 winning percentage (47-14) and graduated second to classmate and Geneseo Sports Hall of Famer Sarah Taub Batchelder '03 in wins (47), shutouts (22), strikeouts (262) and earned run average (1.58). Soluri finished third in appearances (70) and innings (375 2/3), earning NFCA All-East Region and first team All-SUNYAC honors on three occasions.
A native of Fairport, New York, and four-time SUNYAC team champion, Shepard aided the Blue Wave to a dual meet record of 44-3 over four seasons. He capped his career by earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in both one-meter and three-meter diving during the 1993 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships. Shepard won the SUNYAC one-meter title on two occasions (1991, '92), finished second on the three-meter board in 1992 and was runner-up at the conference meet on the one-meter board in 1993. He graduated with a pair of school records, amassing 430.10 points over 11 dives on the three-meter board during his freshman campaign in 1990 and 301.65 points in six dives on the one-meter board as a senior in 1993.
Sarao was one of the most complete players to wear the Blue and White, finishing her career in the top 12 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and three-point field goals. A two-time SUNYAC and Rochester Area Colleges All-Star, she led the Knights to a record of 67-39 over four seasons, appearing in the 1999 ECAC Upstate Division III finals and the 2002 JP Morgan Chase tournament finals. Statistically, Sarao graduated third on the Geneseo charts with 114 three-point field goals, finished fourth in field goal attempts with 1,179, was fifth in steals (209), sixth in free throws made (202) and free throw percentage (69.4%) and seventh in points (1,102), points per game (11.6) and assists (255). After 15 seasons of some of the most successful teams in Geneseo women's basketball history, the Mahopac, New York product remains ranked fifth in steals and field goal attempts, seventh in three-point field goals made, 10th in points per game, 11th in points and free throws made and 12th in field goals and assists. In addition, Sarao scored in double figures in 54 of her 105 games played and collected 486 rebounds, which ranked 12th at the time of her graduation and remains 21st on the Geneseo career chart.
A slick shooting guard from Buffalo, New York and Canisius High School, Zera graduated fifth all-time on the Geneseo charts with 1,339 points and posted the school record for three-point shooting with a career 42.2% from long range. He finished his career third in three-point field goals made (154), fifth in free throw percentage (81.3%), seventh in free throws made (261) and eighth in field goals made (462). Zera capped his career with one of the most efficient senior seasons on record, averaging 22.4 points per game on 582 points and setting school records with 30 points in a half (vs. Fredonia) and 14/14 from the line (vs. Oswego) on his way to NABC third team All-America, first team All-East Region, first team All-SUNYAC and SUNYAC Player of the Year honors. A two-time All-SUNYAC performer, Zera led the Knights to a record of 60-47 during his four years, including two ECAC Upstate Division III tournament appearances, where the Knights claimed the title in 2004, and he was the department's 2005 Fred Bright Leadership and Contribution Award recipient.
In addition to highlighting these four individuals, the ceremony will include recognition of the accomplishments of the 2003-04 ECAC Upstate Division III Championship men's basketball team.
The event is open to the public. Please visit go.geneseo.edu/SHOF to reserve tickets ($20 each) or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 585-245-5506.