LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State track & field distance runner Dillon Maggard has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 11, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Overall, it is the sixth time this year and 15th time in his career Maggard has been named USU's student-athlete of the week.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
Maggard, a senior from Kirkland, Wash., placed second in the men’s 5,000-meter race at the Iowa State Classic last weekend with a school-record time of 13:40.59, nearly 24 seconds ahead of the previous school record. Not only was Maggard’s time a school record, but it is the second-fastest time in Mountain West history. In the 5,000m, Maggard finished just one second behind the 2017 NCAA cross country individual national champion and finished ahead of nine other 2017 cross country All-Americans in the same heat.
Maggard is the first Aggie to run the 5k in under 14 minutes, as his time ranks third in the nation and first in the MW this season. Maggard also owns the school's indoor mile and 3,000m records.
The Aggies are back in action at the 2018 Mountain West Indoor Championships held Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 22-24, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Diogo Brito (Povoa de Varzim, Portugal) helped Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with an 83-65 road loss at Wyoming and a 71-65 home win against Boise State. Against the Cowboys, Brito finished third on the team with eight points, shooting 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from the floor and 100.0 percent (2-of-2) from the free throw line, while pulling down five rebounds and logging two assists in 27 minutes. Against the Broncos, Brito shot 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the floor, 33.3 percent (1-of-3) from behind the 3-point line and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) at the free throw line en route to his career-high 16 points. Brito also pulled down three rebounds, dished out three assists and logged one steal in 29 minutes. For the week, Brito averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the floor, 33.3 percent (1-of-3) from behind the 3-point line and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) at the free throw line.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy (Preston, Victoria, Australia) was Utah State’s top player last week in its 64-46 home loss to Wyoming and its 68-60 road loss at Boise State. Against the Cowgirls, Dufficy scored four points and was the team’s leading rebounder with seven boards. Against the Broncos, Dufficy led the Aggies in scoring with 13 points, while adding a team-high seven rebounds to go along with two assists, one block and one steal. On the week, Dufficy averaged 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per game, while shooting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the floor and 33.3 percent (1-of-3) from the 3-point line.
GYMNASTICS – Junior Emily Briones (San Antonio, Texas) helped Utah State to a 195.000 road score in its tri-meet win at UC Davis and against Sacramento State last weekend. Briones capped the meet by winning the beam title with a career-high 9.925, a score that ranks tied for fourth all-time in school history. Briones is the first Aggie to earn that score on the event since 2005. Furthermore, Briones helped USU finish with a 49.225 team score on beam, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Briones also placed seventh on floor in the tri-meet with a 9.750.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD – Junior Brenn Flint (Syracuse, Utah) set the school’s indoor shot put record for the fourth time this season with a throw of 16.53 meters (54-2.75) to place fifth at the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Invitational last weekend. Flint, the only Aggie woman ever to throw over 16.0-meters in the event, is ranked first in the Mountain West and 21st in the nation in the shot put this season.
SOFTBALL – Freshman pitcher Delaney Hull (Mission Viejo, Calif.) made her collegiate debut last weekend helping the Aggies to a 2-3 record at the CS Fullerton-hosted Titan Classic as USU recorded wins against the host Titans (5-2) and Loyola Marymount (5-2), while suffering losses to Pittsburgh (3-2), Middle Tennessee (3-2) and Rutgers (11-5). Hull made her first-career start against CS Fullerton, throwing the complete game, allowing five hits and two runs. In her debut, she had five strikeouts and two walks. Hull then made a relief appearance against Middle Tennessee, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out one batter in her 2.2 innings of work. Hull closed the week in the start against Rutgers, allowing three hits and three runs, while adding two strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched. On the week, Hull posted a 1-1 record with a 2.92 ERA in three appearances and 12.0 innings of work. She struck out eight batters while walking five, and allowed 11 hits and five earned runs.
MEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Felipe Acosta (Chascomus, Argentina) recorded Utah State’s only point last weekend in its 6-1 loss at No. 16 Texas. In singles, Acosta upset No. 79 John Mee at the No. 6 spot in a straight set victory (6-4, 6-0).
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Sasha Pisareva (Kyiv, Ukraine) teamed with senior Maggie O'Meara for a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles and took her singles match at the No. 1 spot to three sets before losing (4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9)) against No. 47 Julia O'Loughlin in Utah State’s 7-0 loss at Denver last weekend.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
Oct. 9 – DJ Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Oct. 23 – Jordan Love, Football
Oct. 30 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 5 – LaJuan Hunt, Football
Nov. 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 19 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 26 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 3 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 10 - Olivia West, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 17 - Dwayne Brown Jr., Men’s Basketball
Dec. 24 - DeAngelo Isby, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 1 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 8 - Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 16 - Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 22 - Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 29 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 5 - Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Feb. 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Track & Field
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