BILLINGS — Montana Tech’s Nolan Saraceni was named a finalist for the Montana AAU Little Sullivan Award. The Little Sullivan Awards Banquet takes place Saturday, May 6 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings.
Saraceni was a two-time Frontier Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American for the Orediggers. The Billings native rushed for almost 3,500 yards during his career at Montana Tech. He set the single season record for most all-purpose yards in a season with 1,820 yards, most touchdowns in a game with five, and longest run from the line of scrimmage with a 99-yard touchdown. As a senior, Saraceni rushed for 1,388 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games.
Saraceni finds himself in good company. The male nominations include MSU-Billings basketball’s Jace Anderson (Whitewater); MSU footballs’ Mac Bignell (Drummond) and Chad Newell (Billings).
The female nominations include Stanford runner Christina Aragon (Billings), MSU Billings basketball’s Alisha Breen, Northern Michigan swimmer Madisen Sechena (Great Falls); and MSU-Billings volleyball’s Stormy Siemion (Huntley).
Nominating criteria for the Little Sullivan award includes being an outstanding athlete, academics and community service. The award is based on the national AAU James E. Sullivan Award. But unlike the national award, Montana names a male and female winner instead of a single winner. Nominees for the Little Sullivan must be Montana natives.
— Montana Tech