The Mountain West announced its fall all-academic teams Wednesday and Utah State tied for the conference lead as it had 61 student-athletes recognized from the sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.
Of its 61 academic all-Mountain West selections, Utah State had 21 student-athletes from football honored, along with 15 student-athletes from soccer, nine from both women's cross country and volleyball, and seven from men's cross country. The nine honorees from women's cross country were tied for first in the conference, while football's 21 selections were second and soccer's 15 selections were tied for second. Volleyball's nine honorees were the third-most in the Mountain West and men's cross country's seven selections ranked fourth.
Utah State and New Mexico tied for the Mountain West lead with 61 all-academic honorees each, while Fresno State was third with 51 honorees and Wyoming was fourth with 50. San José State was fifth with 49 academic all-Mountain West performers, followed by Boise State (42), UNLV (39), Colorado State (38), Nevada (38), San Diego State (33), Air Force (29) and Hawai'i (19) who is a football-only affiliate.
Five of Utah State's 61 student-athletes from its fall sports to earn academic all-Mountain West honors carried a 4.00 grade point average including football players LT Filiaga (physical and sports education), B.J. Larsen (physical and sports education) and Brian Suite (physical and sports education), cross country runner Diane Leach (elementary education) and soccer player Erin Rickenbach (physics teaching).
Senior Eric Shellhorn, 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 four times in cross country. Senior volleyball/track athlete Rachel Orr earned her eighth academic all-conference honor this fall, including her fourth in volleyball. Senior cross country/track athletes Tom Derr and Kade Jensen have now both earned academic all-conference honors six times, including three times in cross country, and junior cross country/track athlete Amanda Stoudt earned her fifth academic all-conference honor and her third in cross country.
Student-athletes who are earning academic all-conference honors for the fourth time include football player B.J. Larsen, cross country runner Mike Bills, soccer players Lexie Morgan and Taryn Rose, and volleyball players Paige Neves, Ashlan Rogers-Court and Kaitlyn VanHoff. Three-time honorees include football players Jaron Bentrude, Jordan Nielsen, Travis Seefeldt and Brian Suite, cross country runners Joanna Boyd, Karlee Deeter, Tori Parkinson and Colby Wilson, and soccer players Kylie Dibb, Maris Hamblin, Lexie Henrie and Brooke Larsen-Leavitt.
Furthermore, of the 61 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-Mountain West honors for Utah State, 35 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, So., Undeclared, 3.22 Jarom Baldomero, Jr., Accounting, 3.31 Jaron Bentrude, Sr., Master's - Business Administration, 3.50 Austin Cheney, So., Undeclared, 3.26 LT Filiaga, Jr., Physical & Sports Education, 4.00 Tyler Floyd, Jr., Sociology, 3.08 Salanoa Galea'i, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.00 Daniel Gray, So., Sociology, 3.48 Deshane Hines, Jr., Sociology, 3.80 Wyatt Houston, So., Sociology, 3.42 B.J. Larsen, Sr., Physical & Sports Education, 4.00 David Moala, Jr., Sociology, 3.00 Kent Myers, Fr., Undeclared, 3.10 Jordan Nielsen, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.18 Michael Okonkwo, Jr., Master's - Accounting, 3.67 Travis Seefeldt, Jr., Management Information Systems, 3.15 Jake Simonich, So., Sociology, 3.11 Brian Suite, Sr., Physical & Sports Education, 4.00 Zach Vigil, Sr., Business Administration, 3.11 Bryce Walker, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.01 Tyler Weese, Fr., Undeclared, 3.11
Soccer Jessica Brooksby, So., Exercise Science, 3.42 Karlee Campbell, So., Exercise Science, 3.92 Kylie Dibb, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.64 Maris Hamblin, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.52 Wesley Hamblin, Fr., Undeclared, 3.45 Bailee Hammond, Fr., Undeclared, 3.49 Lauren Harmon, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.17 Lexie Henrie, Jr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.53 Brooke Larsen-Leavitt, Sr., Journalism, 3.62 Lexie Morgan, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.86 Danielle Nowers, Fr., Undeclared, 3.36 Erin Rickenbach, Fr., Physics Teaching, 4.00 Jayne Robison, So., Undeclared, 3.26 Taryn Rose, Sr., Master's - Human Resources, 3.74 Jeannie Woller, Jr., English, 3.92
Volleyball Maddie Day, Fr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.66 Rachel Gale, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.78 Hannah Gleason, So., Exercise Science, 3.93 Kaylie Kamalu, So., Health Science, 3.17 Paige Neves, Sr., Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, 3.65 Rachel Orr, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.41 Ashlan Rogers-Court, Sr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.16 Hannah Smith, Fr., Art, 3.06 Kaitlyn VanHoff, Sr., Art, 3.69
Men's Cross Country Mike Bills, Sr., Accounting, 3.91 Sander Brouwers, So., Interdisciplinary Studies - Agriculture, 3.59 Tom Derr, Sr., Environmental Studies, 3.55 Kade Jensen, Sr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.25 Eric Shellhorn, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.81 J.D. Thorne, Fr., Business, 3.14 Colby Wilson, So., Undeclared, 3.00
Women's Cross Country Joanna Boyd, So., Statistics, 3.78 Karlee Deeter, Jr., History Teaching, 3.42 Jackie Heaps, Fr., Nutrition Science, 3.93 Diane Leach, Fr., Elementary Education, 4.00 Hannah Malone, Fr., Nutrition Science, 3.80 Tori Parkinson, So., Exercise Science, 3.68 Amanda Stoudt, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.74 Caroline Weiler, Fr., Undeclared, 3.71 Kelsey Yamauchi, Fr., Undeclared, 3.82
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