LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee Department of Athletics held its annual Athletics Awards Ceremony at Lee Chapel on Tuesday evening. The event, made possible by the generosity of the Brookby Family, honors student-athletes and administrators who have made the 2016-17 school year a tremendous success.
Headlining the awardees were seniors Dana Lee (Nashville, Tenn. / St. Cecilia Academy) and Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central), who were selected as the "Pres" Brown Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes of the Year as voted on by members of the department.
Lee was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the track & field team as a senior. She won 10 ODAC Individual Championships across her four years, earning a total of 30 All-ODAC citations. She was named the ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Rookie of the Meet as a first-year, when she also received the ODAC Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award. In addition, she was named the ODAC Outdoor Athlete of the Meet as a sophomore and junior, and was the ODAC Indoor Athlete of the Meet as a junior. Lee set the school record in every single event in which she competed during her career, holding 10 individual records and competing on three record-breaking relay teams. She is a six-time NCAA Championship Qualifier in the long jump, earning All-America honors three times. Lee was the W&L Outstanding First-Year Female Athlete Award recipient in 2014.
Concklin earned four letters for the baseball team, serving as a team captain for his senior season as well. As a pitcher, he started a school-record 45 games across his career, posting a 22-9 overall record and a school-record 2.18 ERA. He allowed just 233 hits in 260.1 innings of work, registering 177 strikeouts to just 52 walks. A two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, he became just the third All-American in program history as a junior when he went 8-0 with a 1.03 ERA. In addition to his school records for starts and ERA, Concklin finished third in innings pitched and wins and was fifth in strikeouts.
Senior golfer Conley Hurst (Little Rock, Ark. / Episcopal) and senior tennis player Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga. / Marietta) received the William D. McHenry Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, while swimmer Ali MacQueen (Memphis, Tenn. / St. Mary's Episcopal School) and lacrosse player Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) were presented the Outstanding First-Year Female and Male Athlete Awards. Senior volleyball player and track & field athlete Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich. / Saline) was selected as the winner of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award.
A history major, Hurst is a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the golf team. He is a four-year All-ODAC honoree, who has recorded a 75.69 scoring average across 73 career rounds. He placed in the Top 11 at the ODAC Championship all four years, including tying for first at the ODAC Championship as a first-year in 2014. Hurst claims 10 career Top 10 tournament finishes, including tying for fourth at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship. A two-time winner of the ODAC Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the 2014 ODAC and VaSID Rookie of the Year, he received Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and PING Honorable Mention All-America honors last spring.
A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of the tennis team, Donnelly is an accounting & business administration major. She is a four-year All-ODAC honoree and was named the 2017 ODAC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A three-time NCAA Championship qualifier in singles and two-time qualifier in doubles, she is already a three-time All-American in singles. She won the ITA Southeast Region Singles Championship and finished seventh in the ITA Oracle Cup Singles Championship this fall, and she is currently ranked No. 8 Nationally and No. 2 in the Atlantic South Region in singles. Donnelly won the 2016 Elite 90 Award as having the top GPA of any player at the National Championship site and she was a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American as a junior as well. She currently ranks seventh all-time at W&L for career singles wins (84-17) and is tied for eighth in career doubles victories (87-19).
Hodgson was one of two rookies in the ODAC to earn first team laurels, doing so as a faceoff specialist. He played in all 17 games and led the league in faceoff wins, totaling 225 wins in 345 attempts. His .652 winning percentage was second in the league and ranks 22nd in Division III. Hodgson was also second in the conference in ground balls (121) and he added two goals and two assists as well.
MacQueen had an outstanding rookie campaign with the swimming team, earning three First Team All-America citations and one Honorable Mention All-America laurel at the NCAA Division III Championship. She garnered First Team All-America honors for a fourth-place finish with the 400 medley relay (3:44.72) team, a fifth-place finish with the 400 free relay (3:24.96) team and a seventh-place finish with the 200 medley relay (1:43.36) team. She also recorded a ninth-place finish in the 100 fly (54.74) to receive honorable mention accolades. A First Team All-ODAC honoree and the ODAC Rookie of the Year, she claimed individual ODAC titles in the 50 free (23.88), 100 free (52.04) and 100 fly (55.09) and was a member of the victorious 200 medley relay (1:44.03), 400 medley relay (3:49.01), 200 free relay (1:34.74) and 400 free relay (3:26.83) teams. MacQueen set a new school record in the 100 fly (54.74) and she was a member of the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:43.36), 400 medley relay (3:44.72), 200 free relay (1:34.63) and 400 free relay (3:24.96) teams.
Shand earned four letters and was a two-year captain of the volleyball team. After the completion of her senior volleyball season, she joined the track & field team, scoring in the shot put at the ODAC Indoor Championship and scoring in the hammer throw, shot put and discus at the ODAC Outdoor Championship. She finished third in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 40.91m (134'3") to earn Third Team All-ODAC honors. In volleyball, she played in 132 matches and 463 sets (fifth all-time) as a middle blocker across her four years. She finished with 1,067 kills, a school-record 448 blocks, 271 digs, 176 assists and 26 service aces. Her .375 career hitting percentage is second all-time in program history. She earned Third Team All-ODAC honors as a rookie and was a First Team All-ODAC selection each of her final three seasons. Additionally, was a three-time AVCA First Team All-South Region pick and is one of two players in program history to be named All-America three times, garnering honorable mention laurels as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Other awards that were presented on Tuesday included the J.L. Lefty Newell Award for the top student manager/worker and the R.E. Chub Yeakel Award, which is given to a member of the University community who has made outstanding contributions to the Department of Athletics. Senior Austin Piatt (Vandalia, Ohio / Chaminade Julienne) was the recipient of the Lefty Newell Award, while former equipment manager Thomas "Baner" Bane was presented the Chub Yeakel Award. Junior Hannah Falchuk was voted to receive the Dick Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
For a complete listing of the major department awards and all the team awards that have been presented throughout the year, simply view it here.