UND announces athletic award winners
Pat Sweeney | May 2, 2018 AT 10:06 am
University of North Dakota junior thrower Molli Detloff and junior defenseman Christian Wolanin were named UND’s top athletes of 2017-18 on Tuesday night at the annual UND Athletics Night of Champions awards banquet. The event was held at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.
Detloff was named the Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year for one of the most dominant one-year stretches in UND track and field history. The stretch began at the 2017 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship, where the Elk River, Minn., native led the conference with 22 points to become the first UND student-athlete to be named Big Sky Conference MVP. She won the conference title in the discus, was the runner-up in the hammer and shot put. She then went on to place 12th nationally in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming UND’s first Division I track and field All-American. In the classroom, she earned 2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors and is a multiple academic all-conference honoree. This season, Detloff ranks sixth nationally in the hammer throw and has already qualified for the USATF Outdoor Championships. She twice broke her school record in that event during the month of April and has now broken it a total of seven times. Detloff is also the school-record-holder in the discus.
Wolanin was named UND’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year after becoming the first defenseman in 35 years to lead North Dakota in scoring. The Detroit native racked up 35 points in 40 games to tie for fifth nationally in scoring by a defenseman. His 12 goals were one shy of the UND single-season record for defensemen and his eight power-play goals led the nation’s defenders. Wolanin was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s All-NCHC Second Team and earned national accolades from both College Hockey News and U.S. College Hockey Online. Following the season, he signed a National Hockey League contract with the Ottawa Senators and made his NHL debut.
UND’s other 2017-18 Night of Champions award recipients included:
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (co-recipient): Kyley Foster, Track & Field (Junior | Pole Vault | Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (co-recipient): Taylor Nadler, Softball (Senior | Outfielder | New Haven, Mo.)
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jeremy Kirk, Golf (Junior | Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Female Scholar-Team of the Year: Tennis (Head Coach Tom Wynne)
Male Scholar-Team of the Year: Golf (Head Coach Matt Stricker)
Female Freshman of the Year: Mimi Eiden, Soccer (Forward | Forest Lake, Minn.)
Male Freshman of the Year: Grant Mismash, Hockey (Forward | Edina, Minn.)
Female Unsung Hero: Jill Morton, Basketball (Junior | Guard | Edina, Minn.)
Male Unsung Hero: Jacob Holmen, Football (Senior | Long Snapper | Minot, N.D.)
Female Individual Community Service Award: Veronica Kessler, Soccer (Junior | Forward | Balmoral, Manitoba)
Male Individual Community Service Award (co-recipient): Jacob Henne, Track & Field/Cross Country (Sophomore | Distance | Fargo, N.D.)
Male Individual Community Service Award (co-recipient): Adam Stiner, Football (Junior | Offensive Line | Verona, Wis.)
Female Team Community Service Award: Softball (Head Coach Jordan Stevens)
Male Team Community Service Award: Men’s Basketball (Head Coach Brian Jones)
SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) Cup: Softball (Head Coach Jordan Stevens)