Mountaineers honor six athletes heading to college

MADISON, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For most of her senior year, Makenna Santinga knew where she was going to college, committing to Mary Washington to continue her volleyball career during the season.

On Monday, Santinga was one of six Mountaineers honored for choosing to continue their playing careers in college.

"I'm feeling accomplished," Santinga said. "I told myself, when I was younger, I told myself that I'd do it and to be able to sit here and be like I did it, it just feels great."

Lily Dodson has been Santinga's teammate on the Madison County soccer team. Now, Dodson is heading to Eastern Mennonite to continue her career.

"Its an amazing opportunity and I just can't believe that its here," she said. "It means the world and its God's plan. I couldn't be more grateful to Him for that."

Two members of the Mountaineers track team will run in college. Angel Fortune will run the 200 meter dash, 4x100 meter relay and long jump at Bridgewater. Makhayla Monroe will run the 100 meter dash at Virginia Wesleyan.

"My mom and dad, they've pushed really hard to give me what I've got," Fortune said. "They always taught me to be the best me I could be and to always work hard for what I want and to never to do anything less."

"Since seventh grade I've been running, from the middle school to varsity, Monroe said. "Its been very tense but very good."

Matt Lewis will continue his football career at McDaniel College in Maryland. Like he was for the Mountaineers, Lewis will be a running back in college.

"It feels good after a lot of work, on the field and in the classroom to finally be able to make it and continue my dreams," he said. "Its a lifelong dream. I've always wanted to do it and now that I'm doing it, its crazy."

Gaines Swink made it two Mountaineers heading to Mary Washington. He will take his golf career to the next level there in the fall.

"Putting in a lot of work over the years," Swink said. "I've been playing golf for probably 12 years and just each year putting in the work getting better and better, helping my teammates, helping my coaches. I'm grateful."