Dec. 6, 2013
Sophomores Christie MacFarlane from the cross country team and Meghann Wright from Siena Volleyball have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing November. The duo has excelled both academically and athletically throughout their collegiate careers.
A native of nearby Delmar, N.Y., MacFarlane has been the Saints' top women's finisher in 13 of her 14 collegiate races. In September, she became the first Siena woman to capture an individual title in 13 years in winning Trinity College's Bantam Invitational. MacFarlane ended her season by earning All-East honors in finishing 18th overall and second amongst all MAAC runners at the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
Academically, MacFarlane possesses a 3.7 cumulative GPA while majoring in Environmental Studies. A MAAC All-Academic Team selection this fall, MacFarlane was nominated for the 2012-13 NCAA Student Athlete Sportsmanship Award.
A native of Hiram, Ohio, Wright ranked second on the Saints in kills per set (2.41) and third in digs (205) this fall. As a freshman, she was named a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection.
Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this fall, Wright possesses a 3.42 cumulative GPA and is Majoring in Psychology.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.