Jan. 30, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
Of its 61 academic all-Mountain West selections, Utah State had 22 student-athletes from football honored, along with 17 student-athletes from soccer, eight from women's cross country, and seven from both men's cross country and volleyball. Soccer's 17 honorees were tied for first in the conference, while football's 22 selections were second and women cross country's eight selections were tied for second.
Utah State led the Mountain West with 61 all-academic honorees, New Mexico was second with 57 honorees, Boise State was third with 55 academic all-MW performers and Fresno State was fourth with 53 honorees. San José State and Wyoming tied for fifth with 50 academic all-MW performers, followed by Colorado State (47), UNLV (39), San Diego State (35), Nevada (34), Air Force (32) and Hawai'i (21) who is a football-only affiliate.
Senior Kyle McKenna, who competes in cross country, and both indoor and outdoor track for Utah State, has now earned academic all-conference honors nine times in his career, including three times in cross country. Junior cross country/track athlete Brittany Bushman has now earned academic all-conference honors seven times, including three times in cross country, while junior cross country/track athletes Ashley Robison and Eric Shellhorn both earned their sixth academic all-conference honor and their third in cross country. Junior volleyball/track athlete Rachel Orr also earned her sixth academic all-conference honor this fall, including her third in volleyball. And sophomore cross country/track athlete Chris Martinez earned his fifth academic all-conference honor this fall, including his second in cross country.
Student-athletes who are earning academic all-conference honors for the fourth time include track athletes Tom Derr, Kade Jensen, Kelsey Girardelli and Amanda Stoudt, football players Jake Doughty, Jamie Markosian, Travis Reynolds and Eric Schultz, and women's soccer players Jennifer Flynn and Mari Miyashiro. Three-time honorees include football players Keegan Andersen, B.J. Larsen and Nate Needham, women's soccer players Shay Haddow, Lexie Morgan and Taryn Rose, and volleyball players Paige Neves, Ashlan Rogers-Court and Kaitlyn VanHoff.
Furthermore, of the 61 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-Mountain West honors for Utah State, 38 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.
Fall Academic All-Mountain West Honorees Football Ricky Ali'ifua, Fr., Undeclard, 3.20 Keegan Andersen, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.20 Jarom Baldomero, So., Accounting, 3.87 Jaron Bentrude, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.20 Clayton Christensen, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.33 Jefferson Court, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.09 Jake Doughty, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.21 Darell Garretson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.06 Lars Gunderson, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.30 Wyatt Houston, Fr., Undeclared, 3.50 B.J. Larsen, Jr., Business Administration, 3.20 Jamie Markosian, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.31 Nate Needham, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.72 Jordan Nielsen, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.13 Travis Reynolds, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.27 Eric Schultz, Sr., Psychology, 3.05 Travis Seefeldt, So., Management Information Systems, 3.21 Brian Suite, Jr., Business Administration, 3.09 Jake Thompson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.24 D.J. Tialavea, Sr., Masters of Education, 3.03 Nick Vigil, Fr., Undeclared, 3.03 Zach Vigil, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.04
Soccer Jessica Brooksby, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.64 Karlee Campbell, Fr., Exercise Science, 4.00 Kylie Dibb, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.69 Jamie Duke, So., Art, 3.73 Jennifer Flynn, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.00 Danielle Gaztambide, So., Biological Engineering, 3.58 Shay Haddow, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.58 Maris Hamblin, So., Exercise Science, 3.59 Lexie Henrie, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.26 Brooke Larsen-Leavitt, Jr., Journalism: Public Relations, 3.64 Sara Lorscheider, So., Biological Science, 3.77 Mari Miyashiro, Sr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.28 Lexie Morgan, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.84 Jayne Robison, Fr., Undeclared, 3.78 Taryn Rose, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.75 Kaitlyn Wilcox, Fr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.19 Jeannie Woller, So., English, 3.95
Volleyball Alyssa Everett, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.55 Hannah Gleason, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.73 Carly Lenzen, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.37 Paige Neves, Jr., Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, 3.59 Rachel Orr, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.44 Ashlan Rogers-Court, Jr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.39 Kaitlyn VanHoff, Jr., Art, 3.63
Men's Cross Country Jacob Barton, Jr., Food Science, 3.13 Tom Derr, Jr., Environmental Studies, 3.59 Kade Jensen, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.09 Chris Martinez, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.58 Kyle McKenna, Sr., Music, 3.97 Eric Shellhorn, Jr., Civil Engineering, 3.82 Colby Wilson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.85
Women's Cross Country Joanna Boyd, Fr., Statistics, 3.37 Brittany Bushman, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.80 Kelsey Girardelli, So., Biology, 3.49 Tori Parkinson, Fr., Public Health, 3.32 Ashley Robison, Jr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.33 Cierra Simmons, Fr., Nutrition Science, 3.51 Amanda Stoudt, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.92 Jacqueline Winterton, So., Music, 3.69
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