Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club announces scholarship winners

ALBANY – The Mohawk Hudson Road Runners Club awarded its Bill Shrader Sr. Memorial scholarships to six area high school seniors on May 30.

Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Rory Graham (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Annabel Gregg (Greenwich), Nick Hunziker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and Kathryn Tenney (Colonie) each received a $3,000 scholarship from the runners’ club. HMRRC annually awards scholarships to three male and three female runners planning to attend college on a full-time basis.

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Berg and Hunziker helped BH-BL win three straight New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B cross country championships in their varsity careers. Berg also qualified to run in the Nike Team Nationals as an individual, and he earned All-American status in track and field. Berg holds school records in the (3,200- and 5,000-meter races, and he ran on BH-BL’s record-holding 4xmile relay team.

Berg is a member of the National Honors Society, the National Math Honors Society and the National Science Honors Society. He is also active in several school clubs, volunteering and running races with his family. He will attend Columbia University this fall.

Hunziker has won four individual titles and ran on seven Section 2 championship outdoor track and field teams. He also was a part of the school-record setting 4xmile relay team that placed second at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships. In his spare time, Hunziker tutors, plays two musical instruments and is an avid sports photographer, focusing on running. He will attend Iona College this fall.

Graham helped BH-BL girls cross country team win the Section 2 Class B title last fall and received the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award for Section 2. She has won two individual cross country Sectional titles and placed in the top 20 of the state meet three consecutive years. On the track, Graham has won the Sectional title in the 1,500-meter race and placed third at states in the 1,000-meter race. She holds the school record in the 1,000-meter race.

Away from running, Graham is a mamber of the National Honors Society, the New York State Math Honors Society and the New York State Science Honors Society. She is also active in student government, and she volunteers for STRIDE. She will attend Manhattan College.

Gregg guided Greenwich to two consecutive Sectional cross country championships, and she’s won several Wasaren League and Section 2 titles on the track in middle- and long-distance events. She is the founder of the Run Fast for Flint 5K race, which raises funds and awareness about lead in the water in Flint, Mich. Gregg also writes for the school newspaper and yearbook, volunteers at a local food pantry and started her own business – BeeScent Candles – to help pay for her college education. Gregg will attend Hunter College, which is part of the City College of New York.

Menis set several Schenectady High School records in track and field, and he has been a captain for the cross country team. Additionally, he has played trumpet at the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Festival and the Schenectady Daily Gazette Holiday Parade, and he participates in the ACE (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) Mentor Program. Menis will attend the University at Albany this fall.

Tenney has won 12 cross country races in her varsity career at Colonie, and she was part of an All-American 4xmile relay team in 2016. She has competed at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, and she is part of two school-record holding relay teams. Tenney volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Northeastern New York Regional Food Bank, and she is a math and science tutor. Tenney will attend Marist College in the fall.

Shrader scholarships are named in honor of long-time HMRRC member Bill Shrader Sr., an early proponent of distance running in the Capital District. They are awarded to encourage and support young runners in their efforts to make running part of a healthy life style.

The scholarships will be presented at a ceremony Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Point of Woods Recreation Center, Point of Woods Boulevard in Albany – prior to the HMRRC’s monthly meeting.

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