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Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Members this November

Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Members this November


DELHI, N.Y. (September 11, 2019) – The SUNY Delhi Athletics Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce its 2019 induction class. This year the committee welcomes Shanay Bradley (Women's Basketball '10), Christopher Mason (Cross Country/Track & Field '09), and Anibal Nieves (Wrestling '86) to its hallowed halls. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 16 in conjunction with the women's basketball team's home game.

"We were very excited about having such gifted individuals in this year's selection process, and we're happy to welcome the Class of 2019 to the Hall of Fame," said Director of Athletics and Committee Chair Bob Backus. "We saw an extraordinary amount of interest last year with moving our ceremony to the fall, and we are pleased once again to host our inductees in coordination with a home basketball contest for the benefit of our student body, campus and community."

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Shanay Bradley '10

Shanay Bradley competed as forward for the Broncos Women's Basketball Team from 2008 to 2010, leading the team in rebounds in both seasons and earning All-Mountain Valley Conference honors. She was named team captain her sophomore year in a campaign where she averaged a double-double with 12.8 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game. She continued her career at SUNY New Paltz from 2010 to 2012, becoming an instant starter for the Hawks and an All-SUNYAC selection her senior year. Bradley ranked number one in the SUNYAC in rebounding, including setting a single-game school record with 24 rebounds. She stayed on as a volunteer coach for New Paltz following her senior season, the year the Hawks won their first SUNYAC championship in 2013. She coached at SUNY Potsdam for two years before returning to New Paltz as an assistant coach. She helped the Hawks to their second SUNYAC title in 2016. Bradley now is a director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Syracuse, N.Y., which focuses on the development of faith and athletics.

Christopher Mason '09

Christopher Mason was the only two-time NJCAA Cross Country National Champion, winning in 2007 and 2008 and helping the Broncos win back-to-back team National Championships. His track and field career also matched that level of success. Mason became a seven-time NJCAA All-American, including back-to-back National Titles in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. His fourth-place finish in the 2008 half marathon stands as the fastest time for a NJCAA Division III runner, clocking in at 1:11.26. Mason's distinction reached a new stratosphere when he received the 2009 David Rowlings Award, the highest honor a male junior college student-athlete can receive. He became Delhi's only-ever recipient, and the NJCAA's first-ever honoree from the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field. Mason continued his career at Middle Tennessee State University, receiving numerous All-Sun Belt Conference honors. Originally from Auburn, N.Y., Mason returned to Auburn High School, his alma mater, where he serves as a coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field programs.

Anibal Nieves '86

Anibal Nieves became a formidable presence during the unstoppable mid-1980's run of SUNY Delhi's Wrestling Team. He was crowned the 1986 NJCAA National Champion at 134 lbs., then went on to wrestle at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. As a Warrior, Nieves held a 62-13-5 record over two seasons. He later competed internationally for Puerto Rico at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, finishing tenth in the 62 kg. category at Barcelona in 1992. A nine-time National Champion in Puerto Rico, he also took home silver medals at the 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games. Nieves translated his success over to the collegiate coaching ranks, serving as Head Wrestling Coach at American International College, Western New England University, Springfield Tech, and currently his alma mater at East Stroudsburg University. He coached the Haiti Wrestling Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Hall of Fame Ceremony | REGISTER HERE

The SUNY Delhi Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. with brunch served by SUNY Delhi's Hospitality students and faculty at the soon-to-be-completed Bluestone at The College Golf Course. During this time inductees will be asked to share their remarks. Then at 1:00 p.m., the festivities continue at Clark Field House as the women's basketball team hosts Penn State Hazleton. A special inductee recognition ceremony will take place at halftime, where the awards will be presented and officially unveiled in the Athletic Hall of Fame Lobby. A post-game celebratory reception will follow at approximately 3:30 p.m. back in Alumni Hall's Kennedy Lounge. This will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Additional guests may enjoy the brunch and reception for $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 and over. Children under 12 are free. Additional guests should register by Friday, November 8 at www.delhibroncos.com/HallofFame or by calling the SUNY Delhi Alumni Office at 607-746-4600.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Alumni Office or Director of Athletics Bob Backus at 607-746-4677.

Overnight accommodation is available at a special rate of $94 per night at The Hampton Inn, Oneonta until October 16, 2019. For reservations, please call 607-433-9000 and ask for the SUNY Delhi Alumni Block or visit www.oneonta.hamptoninn.com, enter dates to book then click the special rates link to enter code SDN.