Senior athletes earn honors at awards ceremony

WATERVILLE, Maine — Alanna McDonough (Andover, Mass.) of Colby College’s cross country and track and field teams earned the the Ellsworth Millett Award for the women and basketball player Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) was honored for the men at the Colby Senior Awards Presentation.

Other award winners included: women’s lacrosse player Brittany Chin (Shrewsbury, Mass.), men’s basketball player Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.), women’s basketball player Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine), men’s basketball player Michael Loginoff (San Mateo, Calif.), men’s lacrosse player Dylan Rothenberg (Short Hills, N.J.), women’s tennis player Holly Bogo (East Grand Rapids, Mich.), women’s alpine skier Sierra Leavitt (Casco, Maine), and sports information worker/golf captain Chris Gallogly (East Greenwich, R.I.).
The Millett Award is for athletes who have contributed the most to Colby athletics in their four years. McDonough, fresh off her third straight NESCAC title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last Saturday, is still competing and could earn her third All-American honor later this month in the steeplechase. She was fifth in the mile at the 2016 NCAA indoor meet and sixth in the steeplechase at last year’s nationals. McDonough, a three-time NCAA participant in cross country, was one of four Leaders of Distinction for the Colby Leadership Academy.
Hudnut finished his basketball career ranked 11th all-time in scoring with 1,403 points and added 643 rebounds. He likely would have had more than 1,500 points, but missed about 10 games due to injury. Hudnut was a two-time All-NESCAC selection and was having his best statistical season when he missed the final eight games in 2015 and did not make the all-league team. After earning the Maine Rookie of the Year in 2013, Hudnut was on the Maine All-State First Team three years in a row.
Chin, a four-year starter on defense for the women’s lacrosse team, earned The Patty Valavanis Award for qualities of academic and athletic excellence and personal leadership and sportsmanship. The Mules have gone 46-22 over that time. She has 74 career ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. Chin is the the vice president of the student body, was the class president of the Student Government Association from Sept. 2012 to May 2015, a student representative on the Colby Board of Trustees, a chair on the College Affairs Committee, and a Senior Admissions Fellow.
Westman, a two-time captain for the men’s basketball team, earned The Richard L. Whitmore, Jr. Award for outstanding academic and athletic excellence. He finished his career with 928 career points and 332 assists. Westman led the NESCAC in field goal percentage his last two years, despite playing a guard position. A rare three-time NESCAC All-Sportsmanship and NESCAC All-Academic selection, Westman was a Goldfarb Center Student Research Fellow, a Senior Admissions Fellow, and a student assistant coach for Colby’s volleyball team.
Wolfington earned The Marjorie D. Bither Award for academic ability, athletic ability, and leadership in athletics and on campus. She finished her career ranked ninth all-time in scoring with 1,143 points and had 485 rebounds, 183 made 3-point shots, and 135 assists. Wolfington was a two-time All-NESCAC selection and was on the Maine All-State Team for the third straight year. She has been president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), a Senior Admissions Fellow, a campus tour guide, a member of the Colby Volunteer Center, and had internships with the office of United States Senator Angus King and with the Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office.
Loginoff earned The Donald P. Lake Award for a senior who has shown outstanding athletic ability, leadership, and academic accomplishment. He is the student body president for the 2015-16 academic year and was vice president in 2014-15. A class president during his time at Colby, he also is a student representative on the Colby Board of Trustees, the student chair for the residential experience planning group, and earned Colby’s Philip W. Tirabassi Memorial Award for a junior who has willingly assisted his classmates, promoted the best interests of the College, and maintained superior academic standing. Michael was the men’s basketball team’s Most Improved Player award winner in 2013 and the Unsung Hero Award winner in 2015.
Rothenberg was The Norman White Award winner for inspirational leadership and sportsmanship. Rothenberg, along with his senior classmates, helped lead the program during the toughest of times after the death of head coach Jack Sandler in November. He was a vocal and respected leader as starting goalie of the team for the first time. Rothenberg finished the season with 165 saves and kept the Mules in games during a tough season.
Bogo and Leavitt were the co-winners of The Pamela Hoyt-Sanborn Award for contributions of sportsmanship and leadership. Bogo was a key reason the women’s tennis team went 12-4 and had one of their best seasons in more than a decade. She was the lone captain and lone senior on a squad with seven players at sophomore standing or younger. Bogo, during some rough years for the program, often had to play different position spots. She has been active in the Office of Admissions and Office of Communications at Colby. Bogo has played major roles in COOT, the Colby Students for Education Reform, and has an intramural commissioner.
Leavitt went from wondering about her skiing future in her first year at Colby to being an All-American and an All-East honoree. She twice won the alpine ski team’s Most Improved Skier Award. Leavitt made the 2015 All-American Second Team after finishing ninth in the giant slalom at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships. She skied well again in 2016, made the NCAA meet, and was on the All-East Second Team.
Gallogly earned the Finegan Award for a person who has made significant contributions behind the scenes to the success of Colby athletics. He was captain of the golf team, the student manager for the Colby men’s hockey program, the captain of the club hockey team, and a key student worker in the Colby’s sports information office. Gallogly was the second Finegan Award winner in the last two years out of the sports information office.
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