GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior distance runner Marissa Cossaro was named the 2017 women's track and field Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), announced Tuesday afternoon.
Capping off a tremendous career as a distance runner for the Knights, Cossaro showcased her ability to balance both academics and athletics. While maintaining a 3.71 Overall GPA, majoring in Mathematics and double minoring in Spanish and Adolescent Education, the senior claimed her second All-American performance at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the 5,000. Additionally, Cossaro was the SUNYAC Outdoor runner-up in the 5,000, while also finishing third in the 1,500.
A SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Cossaro is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Sigma Iota, and Gold Key Honor Society. The senior also devoted time to the School of Education as a research assistant, examining the impact of poverty on urban education. Cossaro was named to the 2017 SUNYAC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
Cossaro is the first Geneseo student-athlete to receive the award in two separate seasons, also garnering the honor for women's indoor track & field. She is one of five Knights to have been named SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year this academic year joining men's soccer honoree Brad Campion, men's swimming & diving honoree Jeff Doser, men's indoor track & field winner Luke Holtzmann and women's basketball recipient Kara Houppert.