Utah State Leads The WAC With 42 Fall Academic All-Conference Selections

Jan. 16, 2009

LOGAN, Utah - The Western Athletic Conference announced its fall all-academic teams on Friday and Utah State had 42 student-athletes recognized marking the third straight year USU has led the conference in academic all-conference honorees from the fall sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.

Of its 42 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 11 student-athletes from both football and soccer honored, along with seven student-athletes from volleyball and women's cross country, and six from men's cross country. Boise State had 39 fall academic all-WAC honorees, followed by Hawai'i (36), Fresno State (32), Idaho (32), Nevada (29), New Mexico State (29), San Jose State (29), and Louisiana Tech (20).

Utah State had two student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors for the fourth time in seniors Caroline Berry (cross country) and Otis Nelson (football). Berry graduated from USU last fall with a degree in corporate wellness and Nelson will graduate this spring with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors for the third time include Vanessa Gledhill and Ashley Johnson from cross country, Candice Clark, Ali Griffin, Alyssa Lowry and Lisa Willardson from soccer, Alan Bishop and Nnamdi Gwacham from football, and Rebecca Anderson from volleyball.

Furthermore, of the 42 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-WAC honors, 33 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for the fall academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

Fall Academic All-WAC Honorees
Alan Bishop, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.25
James Brindley, Jr., Marketing, 3.03
Andy Carlsen, Jr., Social Work, 3.15
Jervon Graves, So., Electrical Engineering, 3.55
Jake Hutton, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.23
Nnamdi Gwacham, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.61
Derek Hoke, GRAD, Family and Consumer Science, 3.45
Otis Nelson, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.21
Jake Poulson, So., Undeclared, 3.15
Patrick Scales, So, Accounting, 3.13

Soccer Candice Clark, Sr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.26 Ali Griffin, Sr., Art - Teaching, 3.27 Lauren Hansen, So., Elementary Education, 3.59 Alyssa Lowry, Sr., Journalism, 3.48 Kiersten Nilsson, Sr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.82 Heather Pond, So., Physical Education - Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.07 Sydne Porter, Jr., Business, 3.44 Erin Salmon, Jr., Early Childhood Education, 3.04 Stefani Shiozaki, So., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.48 Lindsey Smart, Sr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.83 Lisa Willardson, Sr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.60

Volleyball Rebecca Anderson, Sr., Statistics, 3.94 Katie Astle, So., Accounting, 3.88 Kris Hymas, Sr., English, 3.53 Shanda Larsen, Jr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.87 Christine Morrill, So., Undeclared, 3.31 Melissa Osterloh, English, 3.67 Lori Wilson, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.49

Men's Cross Country Jared Glenn, Jr., Physical Education- Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.83 Nathan Lloyd, So., Political Science, 3.97 Brian McKenna, So., Undeclared, 3.11 Casey Snider, So., Conservation and Restoration Eco, 3.31 Steven Strickland, Jr., Spanish, 3.57 Heath Wing, Sr., Spanish, 3.40

Women's Cross Country Justine Baugh, So., Elementary Education, 3.82 Caroline Berry, Sr., Corporate Wellness, 3.65 Vanessa Gledhill, Sr., Elementary Education, 3.80 Ashley Johnson, Sr., Physical Education - Exercise Science, 3.76 Kimberly Quinn, So., Wildlife Science, 3.49 Erin Stratton, Jr., Physical Education - Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.98 Alison Taylor, Sr., Biology, 3.89

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