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Elise Menaker inducted into Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame

2 years agoStaff Report

Marquee Sports Network’s Elise Menaker was officially inducted into the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame this past weekend following her prestigious softball career for the Big Red.

Menaker batted .363 in her career at Cornell, ranking in the top five all-time in program history in home runs, slugging percentage, RBI, runs scored and batting average.

Following her graduation from Cornell in 2010, Menaker played professional softball in Sweden before returning to the states to pursue her career as a broadcaster and reporter, receiving a masters from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Menaker joined Marquee Sports Network as a field reporter and studio host in February of 2020, and has contributed extensively to Marquee’s Cubs minor league coverage as well, including as host of Road to Wrigley and as a game analyst for Iowa Cubs games.

In addition to her work at Marquee, Menaker also serves as a studio host, sideline reporter and softball analyst for Big Ten Network.

Menaker was originally selected to the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame back in 2020, but the ceremony was delayed until this year due to Covid protocol. Menaker joined the Cubs Weekly Podcast last year to talk about the honor of being selected: Listen here

Her full bio from the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame announcement:

Menaker was a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick who graduated with the school’s career record for doubles (53) and ranked in the top five all-time in home runs (second, 37), slugging percentage (second, .643), RBI (second, 188), runs scored (third, 156) and batting average (fourth, .363). A third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American as a senior, she was a three-time first-team Academic All-District selection. She earned first-team NFCA all-region accolades as a sophomore after leading the Ancient Eight in triples (5) and RBI (55), pacing the Big Red with home runs (12), total bases (121), and slugging percentage (.766) and hitting .399. Menaker was twice named Ivy League Player of the Week during her career. As a junior in 2009, Menaker 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 in helping Cornell to a conference championship. She ranked second nationally in Division I in doubles (20) as a senior, a school and Ivy season record as Cornell repeated as Ivy champs. In her four seasons, Cornell posted a 154-52 record (61-17 Ivy) with two Ivy titles and NCAA appearances.

Congrats, Elise!

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