2013 Sports Hall of Fame
Geneseo, N.Y.-The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the 2013 SUNY Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame class. The group will be honored at the annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony slated for Saturday, September 28, 2013.
The 2013 class includes women's basketball and soccer dual sport star P.J. McTigue Murdie '99, cross country and track and field All-American Jennifer Rettke Sprague '03 and volleyball standouts Lisa McKenzie Jackson '97 and Amanda McKenzie Bagley '03.
Murdie played four seasons of basketball and three years of soccer for the Blue Knights and will be the fifth women's dual sport inductee and 15th overall. From her point guard position in basketball, the Tonawanda, N.Y. native scored 877 points, eighth on the Geneseo career chart at the time of her graduation. The two-time All-SUNYAC performer is third on the career lists for assists (482) and steals (227) and holds the school mark for assists in a season (186 in 1998-99) and game (16 vs. Potsdam). On the soccer pitch, the two-time All-SUNYAC player was the team MIP in 1996, claimed All-New York State recognition in 1997 and captained the Blue Knights to the NYSWCAA tournament championship in 1998.
A graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School, Sprague was a four-year performer on the women's cross country and track and field teams, earning All-America honors in cross country in 2000 and in the outdoor 1,500 meters in both 2001 and 2003. She led Geneseo to four straight NCAA Division III Cross Country championships, won the SUNYAC individual cross country title in 2000 and is a member of the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame. On the track, Sprague is a five-time SUNYAC champion in the 1,500 meters (2 indoor, 3 outdoor) and a two-time SUNYAC titlist in the 800 meters. Her 2003 school record time of 4:29.52 in the outdoor 1,500 meters still stands today and her outdoor 800 mark of 2:13.74 stood for eight years before being broken in 2011.
Hailing from Pavilion, N.Y., Lisa McKenzie Jackson and younger sister Amanda McKenzie Bagley litter the SUNY Geneseo volleyball record book.
An outside hitter, Jackson led the Blue Knights to a record of 91-70 in her four seasons, including a stellar 73-25 mark over her final two seasons. The senior captain led Geneseo to a program-best 35-12 record in 1996, when the Blue Knights won the NYSWCAA tournament and participated in the NCAA Division III championships for the only time in program history. A first team All-SUNYAC pick in 1995, Jackson graduated first in career kills with 660 and first in career digs with 1,239, a number that still stands third all-time. She holds school records for digs in a season with 669 and service aces in a three-set match (11).
A four-time All-SUNYAC setter, Bagley paced Geneseo to a record of 82-68, including an ECAC tournament berth and a third place finish in the NYSWCAA tournament in 2002, when the Blue Knights went 25-13 and Bagley earned honorable mention AVCA All-East Region. More than 900 helpers higher than number two on the chart, 3,453 is Bagley's career assist record and she holds the top spot (1,338) and third place (1,300) on the single season assist list. In addition to her school records for career assists and assists in a season, Bagley claims the mark for assists in a three-set match (48), assists in a four-set match (61) and stands fifth in career digs with 1,143.
In addition to the four former student-athletes, the department will recognize super fan Allen Galbraith in the "Legends of the Blue Knights" category, as well as paying tribute to the 1996 and 2002 women's volleyball teams.