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B-P hosts recognition ceremony for student-athletes playing sports in college

B-P hosts recognition ceremony for student-athletes playing sports in college

Three Broadalbin-Perth Central School District student-athletes who will be playing sports in college were honored alongside their families and coaches on Wednesday, June 5. The event, which took place at Broadalbin-Perth Jr./Sr. High School, featured the student-athletes dressed in their soon-to-be college colors.

The ceremony began with a speech by Tucker Gifford, B-P’s director of health, physical education, and athletics.

"You have shown great dedication in the time and effort you've put in to hone your craft," Gifford said. "I couldn't be more proud of the work you've put in to get here today. You've helped to put B-P athletics on the map, and I am very proud and grateful for that. We're all looking forward to seeing how far you can take this in your college career."

Coaches were also in attendance to celebrate with their student-athletes.

"You're going to meet a lot of people along the way who will help you in your college experience," said Robert Klug, varsity girls soccer coach. "It is a real honor to get out there and play in college, as not everyone gets to do that."

The following student-athletes plan to continue their athletic careers in college: 

Giayna Abel

Giayna Abel will attend Bryant University in the fall to study health science. She will also compete on Bryant’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams as a thrower. 

During her time at B-P, Giayna was an active member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as the soccer and golf teams. She earned many distinctions as a thrower, including:

Indoor Track and Field 

  • New York State Championship qualifier in weight throw
  • 2024 and 2023 Foothills Council champion in weight throw
  • 2024 and 2023 New Balance Nationals qualifier in weight throw
  • B-P school record in weight throw (41' 5.5")
  • 2023 Section 2 Group 3 champion in weight throw

Outdoor Track and Field

  • B-P school record in hammer throw
  • 2023 and 2024 Section 2 Division 3 champion in discus
  • 2023 Foothills Council champion in discus
  • 2023 New Balance Nationals qualifier in hammer throw

In addition to her athletic success, Giayna has been named to the Principal's List every quarter during her time at BPHS. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Giayna is the daughter of Sara Abel and Hector Rondon.

Giayna is excited to attend Bryant University in the fall, though she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at B-P. 

"I'm looking forward to the opportunities that are presented and will be presented to help me grow as a person," she said. 

When asked what advice she has for her peers, Giayna said, "Don't take it for granted. Even if it's not going how you planned or wanted to, stick with it."

Colin Cotter

Colin Cotter will attend Clarkson University in the fall, where he will be a member of the alpine skiing team. He plans to study mechanical engineering. During his time skiing for Broadalbin-Perth, Cotter has distinguished himself on the regional and state level: 

  • 2022 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAAA) slalom and overall champion
  • 2022 and 2024 NYSPHSAA giant slalom runner-up
  • 2023 NYSPHSAA slalom runner up
  • 2024 Eastern High School Championship, fifth place in giant slalom
  • Three-time Section II giant slalom champion
  • Four-time Section II slalom runner up
  • 2022 Section II Alpine Skiing Athlete of the Year
  • 2024 Fulton County Co-Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Colin was also a member of the B-P football, golf, and baseball teams.

The son of Shawn and Cory Cotter, Colin is ranked fourth in the Class of 2024, with a cumulative GPA of 100.58. He has made the Principal’s List every quarter of his high school career. In addition, he has received the Clarkson Achievement Award and the New York State Heisman High School Scholarship. 

He says he is grateful for the opportunities ahead of him, including the ability to continue to compete while also meeting new people. When asked what advice he has for his peers, Colin said, “Put in the work that people don’t see. Spend that extra hour trying to fully improve yourself.” 

Mairead Marsden

Mairead Marsden will attend Springfield College to study physical education. She will be playing for the Springfield women’s soccer team. During her time on the B-P soccer team, she received many accolades, including:

  • 2023 Class A Goalkeeper of the Year
  • 2023 Foothills Council Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2023 All-State fourth team
  • 2023 All-Section II team
  • 2023 All-Foothills Council first team
  • 2022 All-Foothills Council second team
  • 2022 Times Union All-Star Soccer Team
  • 2021 All-Foothills Council honorable mention

She also holds the B-P school record for shutouts, with a total of 36 in her career.

During her time at B-P, Mairead also played on the golf, basketball, and softball teams. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she made Principal’s List every quarter of high school and received the Broadalbin-Perth Blue Award (based on academic performance) and Alfred University Award. She was named a Foothills Council Scholar Athlete for all of the four sports she participated in. She is the daughter of Meg and Jay Marsden. 

While she’s looking toward the future, Mairead also has some advice for her younger teammates.

“I’m most excited about meeting new people and growing as an athlete in college,” she said. “High school goes by fast; it’s important to be in the present.” 

Rylee VanAlstine

Rylee VanAlstine has also committed to continuing his athletic career in college. Rylee signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his track and field career at NCAA Division I University at Buffalo, where he plans to study physical therapy.

A three-sport athlete, Rylee holds 10 Broadalbin-Perth track and field records, as well as a Section 2 record in the 600m. He is only the third state champion in track and field in school history and has advanced to New York state championships six times.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Rylee was named to the high honor roll and Principal's List throughout his high school career. Rylee is the son of Jessica Benoit and Braden VanAlstine.