Alfred State's Carey Crooker (Addison) and Masanari Yamamoto (Tokyo, Japan) were honored by the Western New York Athletic Conference at the annual athletic director's meeting. Crooker was named the co-freshman athlete of the year while Yamamoto was named the academic male athlete of the year.
Crooker ran on the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field teams this past school year. She ran to 2nd team All-American honors in cross country with an 8th place finish at the NJCAA Division III National Championships. She ran to 1st team All-American honors during the outdoor track & field season as a member of the national champion 4x800 relay team. She also raced to 2nd team All-American honors with a 2nd place finish in the 800 m. Earlier in the year, Crooker was named the ASC freshman athlete of the year and earned All-Region in outdoor track & field.
Crooker shares the yearly award with Genesee CC soccer player Chelsea Williams.
Yamamoto was a two-year member of the men's soccer team at Alfred State. He was named 1st team All-WNYAC after leading the Pioneers with six goals and an assist. He finishes his two year career with 19 points. He has a 4.00 GPA during his time at ASC while studying Financial Services. Previously he was named the ASC academic award winner.
Anne Beinetti from Monroe CC was named the female academic athlete of the year.
Basketball player God's Gift Achiuwa from Erie CC and hockey player Aaron Hildreth from Monroe CC shared the co-freshman athlete of the year award while basketball player Raheem Singleton from Monroe CC and Samantha Eimers from Mercyhurst North East were named the senior athletes of the year. Jillian Faddoul from Niagara CCC was named the WNYAC distinguished person of the year.