Cornell University, NY (2010)
Please list the ages that you played for Trevian Girls Softball
7-18 years old
Please list your college(s) and the years you played
Cornell University, 2006-2010
Please list any High School and College ACADEMIC Honors and Degrees
Senior (2010): Menaker, a unanimous first-team All Ivy pick and repeat first-teamer, hit .353 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI. She led the League in RBI in conference games with 24. Menaker is another record-setting player at Cornell, as the two-time first-team All-Ivy pick has the career record for doubles (52) and ranks in the top five all-time in home runs (second), slugging percentage (second), RBI (second), runs scored (third) and batting average (fourth). She sits second nationally in Division I in doubles (19) this season, already good for a school record. She also has committed just four errors at third base with a sensational .970 fielding percentage. In the classroom, Menaker has a 3.74 GPA in communication. 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
Junior (2009): An ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I first-team selection, Menaker was one of just two repeat first-team All-Ivy selections in 2009 from her spot at third base. She batted .369 with a team-high 16 doubles to go along with nine home runs, 47 RBI and 41 runs scored while starting all 55 contests. Her 16 doubles ranks second at Cornell in a single season. She was second on the team with nine stolen bases. Menaker posted a .414 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage. She had 17 multi-hit games on the season and four games with three hits. Over a five-game span against Dartmouth and Penn, Menaker was 11-for-17 with two doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored and 10 RBI. In the three-game Ivy League playoff against Dartmouth, Menaker was 5-for-8 and hit a home run and had three RBI in the deciding game three victory. She was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice during the season.
Sophomore (2008): Menaker capped an incredible sophomore season by being named All-Ivy first team at third base and also earning a spot on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic District I second team. The NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-District first team selection led the Ivy League in triples, with five, and RBI with 55, and recorded an astounding 14 multi-RBI games. She was first on the Big Red with home runs (12), total bases (121), and slugging percentage (.766). She also batted .399, which was good enough for third on the Big Red and 52nd in the nation. From April 12 to April 23, Menaker recorded an 11-game hitting streak, and had 18 hits and 14 RBI in that 12 day span. Against St. Bonaventure on April 8, Menaker hit two home runs and was responsible for all five RBI in a 5-3 extra innings victory. She also recorded multi-homer games against Delaware on March 9 and Syracuse on April 16.
Freshman (2007): Menaker started in 48 of the Big Red?s 49 games as a freshman. She was second on the team in home runs with eight and total bases with 76. Menaker notched two home runs for six RBI in Cornell?s 12-10 win over Princeton on April 27. She also hit a home run and a double for four RBI in the Big Red?s 9-8 comeback win over Harvard. Menaker was third on the team with a .535 slugging percentage and was a perfect five-for-five in stolen bases. She had five sacrifice flies as a freshman which broke the Big Red?s single season record.
Please list any High School and College SOFTBALL Honors and Awards
At New Tier HS: Menaker earned four letters in softball serving as co-captain her junior and senior years. Named the team’s most valuable player her senior year, she was the home run leader with a .356 batting average. Her junior season, she was named the most valuable offensive player and had a team high .341 batting average. In 2004 and 2006, she was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Team and the all-conference team.
What has playing softball taught you?
Softball has taught me so much about life – how to work hard; how to push myself beyond my limits; how to work with other people and be a good teammate; and how to work towards a goal bigger than myself. I would not be the person that I am without sports.
What was the most valuable part of your experience with Trevian Softball?
The friendships! I made lifelong friends playing Trevian softball. To this day, I talk about those summers and all of the fun times we had from evening practices in Northfield to traveling around the Midwest to tournaments.
What advice would you give to young softball players?
Don’t give up and don’t get down! Softball is a game of failure. You will have ups and downs, but it’s how you respond to the highs and lows that say more about the the player and the person that you are. And have fun!
What are you doing now and what town do you live in?
Sports Broadcaster, Chicago