Utah State Recognizes 157 Student-Athletes At Annual Whitesides Luncheon

April 27, 2010

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's athletics department recognized 157 student-athletes for achieving a 3.2 grade point average at the 17th annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Tuesday. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or have posted a 3.2 GPA during the last two semesters.

In all, approximately 47 percent of USU's student-athletes earned a 3.2 GPA to qualify for the awards.

The top honoree during the luncheon was track athlete Erin Stratton. The senior from Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hill HS) graduated Summa Cum Laude in December of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology. She was the valedictorian of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average.

As a four-year letterwinner on Utah State's cross country/track and field teams, Stratton has claimed three Western Athletic Conference Championships as she won the mile and 3000m at the 2009 WAC Indoor Championships and the 1500m at the 2008 WAC Indoor Championships.

"To win this award means a lot because it shows that I was able to do well in both sports and the classroom," said Stratton. "You have to learn how to prioritize and make sure you're focusing both on school and track. I was raised to excel academically and athletics is something that I love so I have always tried to do well in both."

Stratton, who has earned academic all-WAC honors eight times during her USU career, is currently taking graduate courses in the sciences to prepare for her physician's assistant program this summer at Marietta (Ohio) College.

Sixteen of the past 18 recipients of the top individual honor have been women as the only males in that time to win the award was Mike Puzey from men's basketball in 2003 and Tyler Ellis from men's track who shared the award with Rebecca Anderson and Alison Taylor last year.

Utah State also handed out team honors and women's tennis was named the top academic team with less than 20 members, women's track and soccer were the top academic teams with more than 20 members, and men's tennis was the most improved academic team.

John Johnson, who is a sophomore on the men's track team, received the Aggie Achievement Award for overcoming life challenges and personal adversity to ultimately excel as a student-athlete and obtain a high level of academic achievement at Utah State University.

Dr. Mary Doty was presented the Meet The Challenge Award posthumously. USU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Raymond T. Coward also received the Meet The Challenge Award, while Glennie Mesa was given the Outstanding Tutor Award and Trissta Lyman was given the Outstanding Mentor Award for their work with USU's student-athletes.

The Whitesides honors started in 1953 by former USU athlete, coach and athletics director Joe E. Whitesides.

Whitesides Winner - Erin Stratton (Women's Track)
Meet The Challenge - Dr. Mary Doty and Dr. Raymond Coward
Aggie Achievement Award - John Johnson
Outstanding Tutor - Glennie Mesa
Outstanding Mentor - Trissta Lyman

Top Teams (20-plus members) 1. Women's Track 1. Women's Soccer 3. Men's Track 3. Football

Top Teams (less than 20 members) 1. Women's Tennis 2. Gymnastics 3. Men's Tennis

Most Improved Teams 1. Men's Tennis 2. Football 3. Gymnastics 3. Golf

2010 UTAH STATE WHITESIDES HONOREES Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business Jake Actkinson, Football Katie Astle, Volleyball Steven Atkinson, Men's Track James Brindley, Football Adrian Bybee, Football Alice Coddington, Women's Basketball Alex Daines, Men's Tennis Tanner Dance, Men's Tennis Austin French, Golf Todd Griffith, Men's Track Heather Heinrich, Gymnastics Brady Jardine, Men's Basketball John Johnson, Men's Track Nicole Johnson, Women's Basketball Ben Macey, Football Jordan McMurray, Men's Track Philip Noble, Men's Track Hailey Swenson, Women's Tennis Thad Truman, Golf Chris Ulinski, Football

College of Science Nate Ballam, Men's Tennis Cortnie Broadus, Women's Track Rachel Feuz, Soccer Maria Halton, Women's Track Max Hansen, Men's Track Laura Hatch, Women's Track Ruth Hilton, Women's Track Erica Huelsmann, Gymnastics Nicole Rupp-Tindall, Softball Danielle Shorts, Soccer

College of Engineering Jake Doughty, Football Rachel Flessner, Gymnastics Lauren Gwilliam, Women's Track Sam Hawkins, Men's Track Tanner Higham, Golf

College of Education & Human Services Jeff Alley, Men's Track Katelyn Anichini, Women's Track Matt Austin, Football Kellen Bartlett, Football Justine Baugh, Women's Track Lori Beckstrom, Volleyball Mercedes Blackwood, Women's Track Laurel Bodily, Volleyball Rachel Boynton, Women's Track Christian Brown-Frazier, Football Tyler Canales, Football Ashlee Cannon, Women's Track Rajric Coleman, Football Amanda Corn, Gymnastics Shantell Durrant, Volleyball Tyler Ellis, Men's Track Rachel Evans, Softball Shantell Flanary, Soccer Marissa Floodman, Women's Track Josh Flores, Football Pau Furtado, Women's Basketball Nicole Gneiting, Volleyball Kate Greenough, Softball Aimee Haertel, Women's Track Kali Hamby, Women's Track Lauren Hansen, Soccer Amanda Harmon, Softball Aubrie Haymore, Women's Track Brittni Hopkin, Women's Track Stacey Howard, Women's Basketball Washington Igboeli, Football Katelyn Jensen, Women's Track Devin Johnson, Football Julia Johnson, Women's Track Kimiko Kamo-Griffith, Women's Track Diana Karavida, Gymnastics Ellen Larsen, Soccer Krista Larsen, Women's Track Allison Maduell, Soccer Liz McArthur, Volleyball Molli Merrill, Soccer Cache Morgan, Football Christine Morrill, Volleyball Shanna Nielsen, Women's Track Nancy Olsen, Women's Track Jamaine Olson, Football Amber Rasmussen, Women's Track Chandra Salmon, Soccer Erin Salmon, Soccer Kelsey Sax, Soccer Alisa Sheffer, Women's Track Kandace Shoell, Women's Track Clinton Silcock, Men's Track Lindsey Smart, Soccer Erin Stratton, Women's Track Summer Tillotson, Soccer Shasta Tyteca, Softball Amanda Watamaniuk, Gymnastics Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball Josselyn White, Volleyball McKayla Williams, Women's Track

University Katelyn Buttars, Women's Track Carli Campbell, Women's Track Kali Cancelosi, Softball Courtney Cawley, Soccer Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball Mark Cooper, Football Preston Eaton, Men's Basketball Katelyn Elliot, Softball Karlie Fitzgerald, Women's Track Matthew Maughan, Men's Track Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball Talina Nelson, Women's Track Lindsay Obray, Soccer Kristin Peterson, Women's Track Jenelle Phillips, Women's Tennis Drew Povey, Men's Track Amber Thompson, Women's Track Shelbi Tyteca, Softball Jaclyn West, Women's Tennis Bailee Whitworth, Women's Track Mersadi Wilkins, Women's Track Levi Williams, Men's Track

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Hollie Bosworth, Women's Track Chelsea Burns, Women's Basketball Kaylee Campbell, Women's Track Parker Erickson, Football Preston Erickson, Football Camille Fehlberg, Women's Track Matt Formisano, Men's Basketball Madison, Jensen, Softball Camarie Jones, Softball Kelsey Keller, Women's Track Nathan Lloyd, Men's Track Wendy Madsen, Women's Track Brooke McNaughton, Women's Track Whitney Mendivil, Volleyball Tyler Newbold, Men's Basketball Melissa Osterloh, Volleyball Kelsie Packham, Women's Track Tanner Richins, Football Heidi Saville, Women's Track Casey Snider, Men's Track Steven Strickland, Men's Track Alex Thatcher, Men's Tennis Britney Watts, Women's Tennis Simone Hubbard, Softball

College of Agriculture Jessie Chugg, Women's Track Jennifer Day, Women's Track Natalie Norris, Soccer Jolyn Wendt, Women's Track

College of Natural Resources Haley Hogan, Gymnastics Daniel Howell, Men's Track Chalese West, Women's Track

School of Graduate Studies Alan Bishop, Football Brandon Broadhead, Golf Kira Datwyler, Women's Track Chase Griffiths, Football Nnamdi Gwacham, Football LeeAnn Palo, Women's Basketball Sydne Porter-Garner, Soccer Lydia Whitehead, Women's Basketball

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