April 2, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - The Western Athletic Conference announced its winter all-academic teams on Friday and Utah State had 43 student-athletes recognized from the sports of gymnastics, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's indoor track & field to lead the league.
Of its 43 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 16 student-athletes from men's indoor track honored, along with 14 from women's indoor track, six from women's basketball, four from gymnastics and three from men's basketball.
Utah State's men's track program led all WAC schools with its 16 honorees, while both the women's (6) and men's (3) basketball programs tied for the most academic all-WAC selections among the other institutions, and women's indoor track ranked second in the league with its 14 honorees.
Boise State had 41 winter academic all-WAC honorees to rank second behind Utah State's 43. Idaho was third with 39 academic all-WAC recipients, followed by New Mexico State (36), Fresno State (24), Nevada (22), Hawai'i (20), San Jose State (16) and Louisiana Tech (7).
Senior Erin Stratton, who competes in cross country, and both indoor and outdoor track, has now earned academic all-WAC honors eight times in her career, while senior cross country/track athlete Steve Strickland earned his seventh academic all-WAC honor. Of the 43 USU student-athletes to earn winter academic all-WAC honors, 35 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.
To be eligible for the winter academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.
Winter Academic All-WAC Honorees Gymnastics Heather Heinrich, Sr., Management Information Systems, 3.54 Lyndsie Boone, Jr., Entrepreneurship, 3.01 Rachel Flessner, So., Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, 3.57 Haley Hogan, So., Environmental Science, 3.21 Rebecca Holliday, So., Interior Design, 3.00
Women's Basketball Alice Coddington, Jr., Marketing, 3.73 Banna Diop, So., Undeclared, 3.02 Stacey Howard, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.26 Nicole Johnson, Sr., Accounting, 3.78 Tahara Williams, Sr., Sociology, 3.16 Lydia Whitehead, Sr., Corporate Wellness, 3.22
Men's Indoor Track Steven Atkinson, Jr., Management, 3.91 Blake Bolen, Jr., Finance, 3.60 Michael Budge, So., Civil Engineering, 3.03 Todd Griffith, Jr., Economics/International Business, 3.50 Spencer Hall, So., Psychology, 3.16 Sam Hawkins, So., Bio-Engineering, 3.50 Daniel Howell, So., Wildlife Science, 3.90 John Johnson, So., International Business, 3.65 Tyler Killpack, So., Business, 3.02 Nathan Lloyd, Sr., Political Science/Economics, 3.97 Brian McKenna, Jr., Psychology, 3.17 Jordan McMurray, So., Accounting, 3.58 Phillip Noble, Jr., Accounting, 3.46 Casey Parker, Sr., Management Human Resources, 3.09 Clinton Silcock, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.39 Steven Strickland, Sr., Spanish/Economics, 3.43
Women's Indoor Track Justine Baugh, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.84 Ashlee Cannon, Sr., Health Education, 3.53 Jessie Chugg, So., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.59 Jennifer Day, Sr., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.59 Camille Fehlberg, Jr., History, 3.87 Marissa Floodman, So., Physical Therapy, 3.82 Kali Hamby, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.31 Ruth Hilton, So., Math Education, 3.76 Madison Jensen, So., Interior Design, 3.94 Julia Johnson, So., Family and Consumer Science, 3.97 Kim Quinn, Jr., Environmental Studies, 3.09 Kandace Shoell, Jr., Physical Therapy, 3.93 Erin Stratton, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.98 Chalese West, So., Wildlife Science, 3.66
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