June 18, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - The Western Athletic Conference announced its spring all-academic teams on Wednesday and Utah State had 93 student-athletes recognized as 58 earned all-academic team honors, while 35 more were named to the academic all-freshman/transfer team.
Utah State's 58 academic honorees from its spring sports were by far the most in the league as Fresno State was second with 43, followed by New Mexico State (41), Nevada (37), Hawai'i (31), Louisiana Tech (29), Idaho (26), Boise State (25), and San Jose State (20).
Utah State also had the most individuals honored in both women's outdoor track and field with 24 and men's golf with six, while the men's outdoor track and field team tied with Idaho for top honors in that sport as both school's had 13 student-athletes honored.
Senior Vanessa Gledhill, who competes in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track, has now earned academic all-WAC honors eighth times in her career, while junior Erin Stratton earned her sixth academic honor. Student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors for the fifth time include Palmer Hawkins, Steve Strickland and Heath Wing from men's track and field, and Ashley Johnson and Krista Larson from women's track and field.
To be eligible for the spring 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.
During the 2008-09 academic year, Utah State had 181 student-athletes recognized by the league office for their academic achievements.
Spring Academic All-WAC Honorees Softball Lindsey Benson, Sr., Economics, 3.01 Jeanine Hernandez, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.00 Cami Jones, So., Political Science, 3.58 Emily Reilly, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.04 Nicole Rupp, Jr., Math, 3.78 Simone Wright, Jr., Spanish, 3.09
Men's Tennis Jakob Asplund, So., Journalism, 3.02 Michael Banks, Sr. Political Science, 3.09 Matthew Braithwaite, Jr., Spanish, 3.00 Bryan Marchant, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.56 Alex Thatcher, Jr. Public Relations, 3.16
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Justine Baugh, So., Elementary Education, 3.81 Cortnie Broadus, Sr., Matt/Stats Composite Teaching, 3.98 Ashlee Cannon, Jr., Health Education Specialist, 3.53 Brittany Chadwick, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.11 Kira Datwyler, Jr., Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, 3.89 Jennifer Day, Jr., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.58 Camille Fehlberg, So., History Teaching, 3.83 Kaylene Gastaldi, Sr., Physical Education, 3.76 Vanessa Gledhill, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.79 Sonia Grabowska, So., Exercise Science, 3.12 Maria Halton, Jr., Chemistry 3.58 Kali Hamby, So., Physical Education, 3.76 Heidi Hopkins, Jr., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.58 Katelyn Jensen, So., Physical Education, 3.99 Ashley Johnson, GR., Corporate Wellness, 3.75 Kimiko Kamo, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.58 Krista Larson, Sr., Physical Education, 3.46 Brooke McNaughton, Jr., American Studies, 3.46 Shanna Nielsen, So., Exercise Science, 3.62 Kimberly Quinn, So., Wildlife Science, 3.11 Kandace Shoell, So., Exercise Science, 3.96 Erin Stratton, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.97 Alison Taylor, Sr., Biology, 3.90 Kathryn Thatcher, Sr., Family, Consumer and Childhood Development, 3.10
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Steven Atkinson, Jr., Business Management, 3.93 Blake Bolen, Jr., Marketing, 3.64 Todd Griffith, Jr., International Business, 3.51 Blake Hadfield, Sr., Physical Education, 3.31 Max Hansen, Jr., Biology, 3.93 Palmer Hawkins, Jr., Engineering, 3.08 Nathan Lloyd, Jr., Political Science, 3.98 Jacob Mabey, Sr., Psychology, 3.50 Brian McKenna, So., Psychology, 3.04 Casey Parker, Jr., Human Resource Management, 3.18 Clinton Silcock, So., Physical Education, 3.39 Steven Strickland, Jr., Spanish and Economics, 3.46 Heath Wing, Jr., Spanish, 3.37
Golf Brandon Broadhead, Jr. Accounting, 3.86 Devin Daniels, Sr., Entrepreneurship, 3.04 Chanse Godderidge, So., Exercise Science, 3.17 Dan Heath, Exercise, So., Exercise Science, 3.13 Tyler Labrum, Sr., Management Information Systems, 3.58 Thad Truman, Sr., Economics, 3.67
Volleyball Elizabeth McArthur, Fr., Undeclared Science, 3.54
Men's Tennis Liran Braun, Fr., Undeclared, 3.56
Women's Track and Field Jessie Chugg, Fr., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.53 Ruth Hilton, Fr., Engineering, 3.73 Madison Jensen, Fr., Undeclared, 3.90 Kelsie Packman, Fr., Music, 3.86 Amber Rasmussen, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.85 Chalese West, Fr., Wildlife Science, 3.59
Men's Cross Country Michael Bills, Fr., Accounting, 3.88
Men's Basketball Brady Jardine, Fr., Finance, 3.83
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