Grabowska Collects WAC Field And America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete Of The Week Awards
Jan. 20, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore pole vaulter Sonia Grabowska was named the Western Athletic Conference women's field athlete of the week as well as the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, Jan. 17. The WAC award is selected by the conference office, while the USU accolade is voted on by a statewide media panel.
Saturday at the USU-hosted Wilson Motor Invitational, Grabowska cleared the bar at 13-9.50 (4.20m), an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, as well as smashing the previous Utah State and Nelson Fieldhouse record of 13-0.25 (3.97m) by Kathryn Duhadway in 2006. The 13-9.50 currently ties her for the top mark in the NCAA this season with Katie Stripling of Arkansas. A native of Warsaw, Poland (VIII Lo Wtadystaw IV HS), Grabowska also qualifies for the European Under-23 Track & Field Championships, as well as tying for the second-best mark by a Polish pole vaulter and her mark is now tied for the 15th-best in the world this season.
These are Grabowska's first WAC and USU weekly awards. Grabowska earned first-team all-WAC accolades last year after placing third at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, after earning second-team all-WAC honors with a fifth-place finish at the WAC Indoor Championships.
The USU men's and women's teams will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 , heading to Boise, Idaho for the Boise State Invitational.
Nominees from other sports included:
GYMNASTICS - Sophomore Lyndsie Boone (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) was the Aggies' top all-arounder, scoring a 38.600, just 0.025 off of her career-high, in Utah State's home-opening 193.0225-190.800 loss to Central Michigan Friday night. Boone posted a career-high 9.725 on bars, tying for sixth. She also finished fourth on vault (9.625), and tied for seventh on both beam (9.650) and floor (9.600).
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Sophomore forward Tai Wesley (Provo, Utah) led Utah State to a pair of Western Athletic Conference home victories last week with a 65-61 win against Fresno State and a 79-65 win against Boise State. Against the Bulldogs, Wesley had 11 points to go along with three steals, three rebounds, two assists and one block. He then scored a season-high 26 points, had a career-high five steals, a team-leading eight rebounds and four assists against the Broncos as he was 9-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-1 from three-point range. For the week, Wesley averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists, while shooting 60.9 percent from the field (14-23) and 61.5 percent from the free throw line (8-13).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Ana Pares (Provo, Utah) led the Aggies to a 1-1 record at home last week with a 58-44 win against Boise State and a 56-49 loss to WAC frontrunner Nevada. Pares scored 20 points in the win against Boise State, as the Aggies defeated the Broncos for the first time since joining the WAC during the 2005-06 season. Against Nevada, Pares scored 11 points and added three rebounds. For the week, she averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Jordan Barlow (Brigham City, Utah) was the only Aggie to battle to three sets (6-4, 0-6, 10-7) in Utah State's 7-0 loss at No. 70 Brigham Young Friday. Against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Barlow won his number six singles match, 6-1, 6-1, against EWU's Kevin Anderson. Barlow also teamed with senior Mike Banks at No. 3 doubles, falling 9-8.
MEN'S TRACK - Sophomore high jumper Clint Silcock (Salmon, Idaho) had an NCAA provisional mark of 7-0.50 (2.14m) and a personal-best in winning the high jump Saturday at the Utah State hosted Wilson Motor Invitational.
2008-09 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners