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Student-Athletes Receive 2013-14 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Accolades

Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

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The Mountain West Conference announced its 2013-14 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients Tuesday and Utah State had 82 student-athletes recognized as part of a league-record 651 student-athletes who were honored. (illustration for Athletics website)

The Mountain West Conference announced its 2013-14 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients Tuesday [July 8, 2014] and Utah State had 82 student-athletes recognized as part of a league-record 651 student-athletes who were honored.

Of its 82 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes honored, Utah State had 23 student-athletes from women's track/cross country recognized, along with 17 from men's track/cross country, 14 from women's soccer, five each from football and volleyball, four each from men's tennis, women's tennis and softball, three from men's golf, two from women's basketball and one from men's basketball.

Utah State's 82 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for the 2013-14 academic year are the second-most in the league behind New Mexico's 117. Boise State had 81 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes to rank third, followed by Colorado State (63), UNLV (51), Fresno State (50), Nevada (48), Wyoming (44), San Jose State (43), San Diego State (33), Air Force (29) and Hawai'i (5).

Utah State also had the most individuals honored in men's track & field/cross country (17) and women's soccer (14), while volleyball tied for first (5). USU women's track & field/cross country (23) and men's tennis (2) both had the second-most Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, while football (5), men's golf (3) and men's basketball (1) all tied for second.

Six Utah State student-athletes earned a 4.0 grade point average during the 2013-14 academic year, including three from women's track & field/cross country in senior Katherine Vande Pol (animal, dairy & veterinary science), and freshmen Elise Maddox (Spanish teaching) and Morgan Monks (family, consumer & human development). Also earning a 4.0 GPA were freshman soccer player Karlee Campbell (exercise science), freshman softball player Abby Indreland (mechanical engineering) and freshman women's tennis player Katie Sweet (mechanical engineering).

The Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West sponsored sport.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Utah State had a total of 242 student-athletes earn academic all-Mountain West honors and/or the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award.


Men's Basketball

Kyle Davis, So., Business Administration, 3.75

Women's Basketball

Tijana Djukic, Jr., Global Communication, 3.66

Jennifer Schlott, Sr., Marketing, 3.52

Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

Mike Bills, Jr., Accounting, 3.92

Tom Derr, Sr., Environmental Studies, 3.55

Joe Gough, Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.52

Chris Martinez, Jr., Mechancial Engineering, 3.64

Kyle McKenna, Sr., Music, 3.98

Eric Shellhorn, Jr., Civil Engineering, 3.78

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Sydney Blair, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.66

Joanna Boyd, Fr., Statistics, 3.89

Tori Parkinson, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.70

Ashley Shields, Sr., Family, Consumer & Human Development, 3.57

Katherine Vande Pol, Sr., Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Science, 4.00

Elizabeth Winters, Fr., Conservation & Restoration Ecology, 3.76

Jacqueline Winterton, So., Music, 3.86


Jarom Baldomero, Jr., Accounting, 3.52

Paul Clark, Sr., Accounting, 3.62

Alex Marsaw, Jr., Business Administration, 3.55

Nate Needham, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.70

Michael Okonkwo, Jr., Finance & Economics, 3.52


Brennan Coburn, Jr., Business Administration, 3.73

Tanner Higham, Sr., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science, 3.94

Braxton Miller, Fr., Undeclared, 3.50


Karlee Campbell, Fr., Exercise Science, 4.00

Samantha Curtis, So., Exercise Science, 3.55

Kylie Dibb, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.65

Jamie Duke, So., Art, 3.66

Danielle Gaztambide, So., Biological Engineering, 3.60

Shay Haddow, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.53

Maris Hamblin, So., Exercise Science, 3.54

Brooke Larsen-Leavitt, Jr., Journalism & Public Relations, 3.68

Sara Lorscheider, So., Biological Science, 3.70

Lexie Morgan, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.85

Jayne Robison, Fr., Undeclared, 3.58

Taryn Rose, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.74

Jeannie Woller, So., English, 3.96


Morgan Carter, Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.57

Kendsey Hill, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.56

Abby Indreland, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.00

Annie Thomas, Sr., Business Administration, 3.61

Men's Tennis

Fredrik Peterson, Sr., Business Administration, 3.89

Sebastian Schneider, Fr., Undeclared, 3.55

Matt Thatcher, Sr., Accounting, 3.62

Andrew Whiting, Sr., Business, 3.52

Women's Tennis

Nini Guensler, Fr., Undeclared, 3.50

Kallie Sperry, So., Communication Studies, 3.51

Katie Sweet, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.00

Lexi Turley, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.63

Men's Track & Field

Trevor Andersen, Fr., International Business, 3.86

Parker Bluth, So., Accounting, 3.60

Nic Bowens, Jr., Civil Engineering, 3.61

Ben Bracken, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.61

Sander Brouwers, Fr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.54

Austin Groll, Fr., Business Administration, 3.60

Tanner Hunt, So., Biological Engineering, 3.51

CJ O'Neal, Jr., Marketing & Business Administration, 3.75

Silas Pimentel, Sr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.67

Jeff Taylor, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.65

Alec Willard, Fr., Undeclared, 3.61

Women's Track & Field

Laycee Elliott, Jr., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science, 3.83

Mia Estes, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.54

McKenzie Johnson, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.57

Bethany King, So., Elementary Education, 3.98

Kayla Lee, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.56

Karli Lundquist, Fr., Art, 3.63

Elise Maddox, Fr., Spanish Teaching, 4.00

Anna Maki, Fr., Undeclared, 3.82

Morgan Monks, Fr., Family, Consumer & Human Development, 4.00

Brittany Rawlins, Fr., Undeclared, 3.68

Kylie Ross, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.86

Bethani Talbot, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.66

Cree Taylor, Jr., History Teaching, 3.92

Chalese West, Sr., Wildlife Science, 3.79

Bailee Whitworth, Sr., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science, 3.60

Katelyn Zabriskie, Fr., Undeclared, 3.91


Alyssa Everett, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.56

Hannah Gleason, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.89

Carly Lenzen, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.68

Paige Neves, Jr., FCHD; Communcation Disorders & Deaf Education, 3.62

Kaitlyn VanHoff, Jr., Art, 3.66

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.

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