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Apr 24, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Steve Lorenc

Class of 1997, Cross Country, Track & Field, Swimming

Steve Lorenc followed his older brother and sister into the pool, first swimming competitively at the YMCA, then Schenectady Swim Club and finally on the BH-BL Varsity team. Steve placed first at the Section 2 Championship Meet for Class B in 1995 in both the 200 Freestyle (1:52.11, 10th on the All-Time BH-BL ranking) and the 500 Freestyle (5:07.61, 11th on the All-Time BH-BL list.)

Steve found his first love of distance running in 6th grade by following through on his younger brother’s dare, running in the kid’s mile of the Freihofer’s Run for Women. Steve started running cross-country for the varsity team as an 8th grader. The drive and discipline that he developed in swimming carried over into cross-country and track. He helped lead the XC team to earn several Suburban Council Championships as well as a State Championship his senior year (1996). As a senior, Steve placed first in the NYS Federation Cross Country Championships. The Sports Foundation also selected him as the area’s top male scholar athlete in 1997. Steve lettered in XC, swimming and track throughout high school.

Competitive running after graduation was not to be. Injuries kept Steve sidelined for the most part. However, he did manage to complete several half marathons and marathons since then. He graduated from RPI with a degree in chemical engineering. Since graduation, Steve has been employed by Automation & Control Specialists based out of West Point, PA. He has developed an expertise in process control systems and has applied those skills at Merck Pharmaceuticals and currently at Genentech. He married his high school sweetheart, Amanda Janssen, (BH-BL Class of 1999) and is currently raising their two daughters Abigail (6) and Lillian (4) in Carlsbad, California.

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