Utah State Has 97 Student-Athletes Receive Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Accolades For 2014-15 Academic Year
July 22, 2015

LOGAN, Utah - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2014-15 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients on Wednesday and Utah State had 97 student-athletes recognized as part of a league-record 730 student-athletes who were honored. The mark bested the previous year's record pool of 651 student-athletes.

Women's track & field represented the largest number of those honored among Utah State's 97, with 28 honorees. Men's track & field were next with 15 and were followed by women's soccer (13), women's cross country (12), women's volleyball (6), men's cross country (5), men's golf (4), women's basketball and softball each with three, and football and men's tennis with two honorees.

Utah State's 97 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for the 2014-15 academic year are the second-most in the league behind New Mexico's 112. Boise State had 83 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes to rank third, followed by Fresno State (71), Colorado State (70), Nevada and Wyoming with 58, UNLV (56), San José State (52), San Diego State (34), Air Force (26) and affiliate members Colorado College and Hawai'i with 10 and 3, respectively.

Utah State had the most individuals honored in both women's and men's track & field with 28 and 15, respectively, and also led the way with 12 honorees in women's cross country.

Utah State had a total of six student-athletes on the list with a 4.0 grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year, including four from the women's track & field team in sophomore Tavia Dutson (chemistry), junior Maggie Hallerud (wildlife science), sophomore Diane Leach (elementary education) and junior Jodi Williams (masters of fitness promotions). Men's track & field senior Devin Wright (biology) and women's soccer freshman Erin Rickenbach (physics teaching) rounded out the group.

The Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West sponsored sport.

During the 2014-15 academic year, Utah State had a total of 250 student-athletes earn academic all-Mountain West and/or the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award.

MOUNTAIN WEST SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD
Football (2)
Deshane Hines, Jr., Sociology, 3.802
Michael Okonkwo, Jr., Masters of Finance, 3.667

Men's Cross Country (5)
Jordan Beutler, So., Plant & Life Science, 3.598
Mike Bills, Sr., Accounting, 3.922
Tom Derr, Sr., Geology, 3.550
Chris Martinez, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.644
Eric Shellhorn, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.822

Women's Cross Country (12)
Joanna Boyd, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.703
Kenzie Draper, So., Biological Sciences Composite Teaching, 3.816
Jackie Heaps, So., Dietetics, 3.786
Diane Leach, So., Elementary Education, 4.000
Karli Lundquist, Sr., Art, 3.634
Hannah Malone, So., Dietetics, 3.675
Tori Parkinson, Jr., Public Health, 3.685
Megan Perkins, So., Psychology, 3.536
Amanda Stoudt, Sr., Biological Engineering, 3.629
Caroline Weiler, So., Environmental Studies, 3.614
Elizabeth Winters, Sr., Conservation and Restoration Ecology, 3.608
Kelsey Yamauchi, So., Undeclared Business, 3.867

Women's Basketball (3)
Tijana Djukic, Jr., Communication Studies, 3.673
Funda Nakkasoglu, Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.692
Elise Nelson, Sr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.500

Men's Golf (4)
Brennan Coburn, Jr., Finance, 3.755
Eli Rogers, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.505
Grahm Schmaltz, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.566
McCoy Willey, So., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.609

Women's Soccer (13)
Karlee Campbell, So., Exercise Science, 3.831
Sara Cobb, Fr., Accounting, 3.755
Samantha Curtis, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.685
Kylie Dibb, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.641
Maris Hamblin, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.524
Lexie Henrie, Jr., Family, Consumer & Human Development, 3.562
Brooke Larsen-Leavitt, Sr., Journalism, 3.633
Ann Marie Lee, So., Exercise Science, 3.866
Sara Lorscheider, Jr., Biology, 3.588
Lexie Morgan, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.865
Erin Rickenbach, Fr., Physics Teaching, 4.000
Taryn Rose, Sr., Masters of Science in Human Resources, 3.677
Jeannie Woller, Jr., English, 3.926

Softball (3)
Jordyn McCracken, Fr., Undeclared, 3.898
Kirstyn Namba, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.512
Megan Rhead, So., Wildlife Science, 3.512

Men's Tennis (2)
Karan Salwan, So., Business Administration, 3.536
Jack Swindells, So., Economics, 3.641

Women's Tennis (4)
Sabrina Demerath, Fr., Management Information Systems, 3.580
Meghan Lyall, Fr., Psychology, 3.750
Katie Sweet, So., Biochemistry and Physics, 3.984
Lexi Turley, So., Exercise Science, 3.503

Men's Track & Field (15)
Trevor Andersen, Sr., International Business, 3.506
Jordan Beutler, Sr., Plant & Life Science, 3.598
Mike Bills, Sr., Accounting, 3.922
Nic Bowens, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.589
Zach Cottrell, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.591
Tom Derr, Sr., Geology, 3.550
Tanner Hunt, Sr., Biological Engineering, 3.502
Cole Lambourne, Sr., Business Administration, 3.535
Chris Martinez, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.644
CJ O'Neal, Sr., Marketing, 3.759
Dustin Randall, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.791
Eric Shellhorn, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.822
Bryson Stout, So., Exercise Science-Coaching & Teaching, 3.520
Landon Watts, Jr., Biology, 3.946
Devin Wright, Sr., Biology, 4.000

Women's Track & Field (28)
Maci Bingham, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.567
Joanna Boyd, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.703
Stephanie Crapse, So., Biochemistry, 3.613
Mckenzie Draper, So., Biological Sciences Composite Teaching, 3.816
Tavia Dutson, So., Chemistry, 4.000
Laycee Elliott, Sr., Dietetics, 3.856
Maggie Hallerud, Jr., Wildlife Science, 4.000
Jackie Heaps, So., Dietetics, 3.786
Diane Leach, So., Elementary Education, 4.000
Kayla Lee, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.601
Karli Lundquist, Sr., Art, 3.634
Anna Maki, Jr., Environmental Studies, 3.791
Hannah Malone, So., Dietetics, 3.675
Tori Parkinson, Jr., Public Health, 3.685
Megan Perkins, So., Psychology, 3.536
Jessica Peterson, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.517
Selina Ramsey, Jr., American Studies, 3.885
Melissa Rasmussen, So., Family & Consumer Science Education, 3.968
Brittany Rawlins, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.627
Amanda Stoudt, Sr., Biological Engineering, 3.629
Bethani Talbot, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.580
Amber Thompson, Sr., International Studies, 3.729
Caroline Weiler, So., Environmental Studies, 3.614
Jodi Williams, Jr., Masters of Fitness Promotions, 4.000
Elizabeth Winters, Sr., Conservation & Restoration Ecology, 3.608
Jacqueline Winterton, Sr., Music, 3.920
Kelsey Yamauchi, So., Undeclared Business, 3.867
Katelyn Zabriskie, Jr., Art, 3.741

Women's Volleyball (6)
Maddie Day, Fr., Family, Consumer & Human Development, 3.649
Kayla DeCoursey, Fr., Family & Consumer Science Education, 3.621
Rachel Gale, Fr., Undeclared, 3.711
Hannah Gleason, So., Exercise Science, 3.802
Paige Neves, Sr., Communication & Deaf Disorders Education/Family, Consumer & Human Development, 3.674
Kaitlyn VanHoff, Sr., Art, 3.706

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