LOGAN, Utah – Utah State sprinter AJ Boully has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week, for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 12 , it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the first time this year and second time in Boully’s career that he has been named USU’s student-athlete of the week.
The native of Boise, Idaho, was a member of the 4x400m relay team that placed first at the Arkansas-hosted Tyson Invitational last weekend with a school-record time of 3:07.23. Boully also won the 400m with a personal-best time of 46.69, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. On the season, Boully now ranks first in the Mountain West in both the 400m and 4x400m relay, third in the 200m and fourth in the 60m hurdles. Additionally, Boully ranks 17th and 24th in the nation in the 4x400m relay and 400m, respectively.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas) scored season highs in back-to-back games as Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record with a 69-52 loss at Colorado State, followed by an 81-74 home win against Wyoming. Against the Rams, Taylor scored a team-high 11 points and added seven rebounds and two assists, while shooting 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the floor. Against the Cowboys, Taylor finished second on the team with a season-high 14 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, while shooting 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from the floor. For the week, Taylor averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.5 steals per game and shot 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the floor, 100.0 percent (1-of-1) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (2-of-2) at the free throw line.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Freshman forward Shannon Dufficy (Preston, Victoria, Australia) helped Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 55-48 home win against league-leading Colorado State and a 59-40 road loss at Wyoming. Against the Rams, Dufficy scored four points and added a career-high 17 rebounds. The 17 boards are the most by a USU player in a single game since 1987. She also added four assists in the win. Against the Cowgirls, Dufficy recorded five points and five rebounds. On the week, Dufficy averaged 4.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from the field and 16.7 percent (1-of-6) from the 3-point line.
MEN’S GOLF – Freshman Chase Lansford (Colleyville, Texas) posted a 5&4 win against Southern Utah’s Brodey Payzant to help Utah State begin its spring season with a convincing a 5.5-0.5 win against SUU in match play last weekend.
GYMNASTICS – Senior Bailey McIntire (Kearney, Mo.) tied for second on beam (9.825), tied for fourth on floor (9.875) and tied for seventh on bars (9.825) in Utah State’s 196.725-195.725 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference loss at No. 16 Southern Utah last weekend as the Aggies recorded a season-high road score.
MEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Samuel Serrano (Cartegena, Colombia) posted a perfect 6-0 mark in singles and doubles last weekend to guide Utah State to three wins in Tucson, Ariz., against Arizona (4-3), Marquette (4-0) and Grand Canyon (4-3). Against the Wildcats, Serrano teamed up with junior Kai Wehnelt to clinch the doubles point with a 6-4 win at the first position. Then, in singles, Serrano posted a comeback three-sets win (2-6, 6-1, 6-2) at the No. 6 spot. Against Marquette, Serrano and Wehnelt again clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at the first position, before Serrano swept his opponent at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1). And against Grand Canyon, Serrano won at the No. 5 singles spot in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) before the teams played doubles at the end of the match, where Serrano and Wehnelt posted a 6-4 win at the first position.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Lucy Octave (Donaghadee, Ireland) posted a 3-1 mark in singles and doubles last weekend to help Utah State post a 1-1 road record with a 7-0 win at Colorado College and a 4-2 loss at Colorado. Against the Tigers, Octave partnered with fellow freshman Sophia Haleas for a 6-1 win at the second position, followed by a straight-sets win (6-0, 6-1) at the No. 3 singles. Against the Buffs, Octave and Haleas fell at the third doubles position, but Octave bounced back with a three-set win (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) at No. 3 singles.
SOFTBALL – Senior first baseman Paxton Provost (Newhall, Calif.) led Utah State to a 4-1 record last weekend at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic with wins against Pacific (5-3), North Dakota State (2-1), Loyola Marymount (9-5) and Cal State Fullerton (7-3), before concluding the tournament with a loss to LMU (3-1). Provost started the weekend going 0-for-2 against Pacific, while walking once. She also had two putouts against the Tigers. Against North Dakota State, she hit .333 (1-of-3) with one RBI and six putouts. In the first game against Loyola Marymount, Provost was 2-of-4 (.500) at the plate with seven putouts. She scored her first run of the season against Cal State Fullerton, while batting 2-of-3 (.667) and recording a season-high 11 putouts. She wrapped up the weekend continuing her hitting streak and going 2-of-3 (.667) with five defensive stops. On the week, Provost hit a team-high .467 (7-of-15) with one run scored and one RBI. She also led the team defensively with 31 putouts.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD – Junior Jackie Heaps (Lehi, Utah) won the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 17:44.0 at the Boise State Team Challenge last weekend. Heaps time ranks 10th all-time in school history and 12th in the Mountain West this season.
2016-17 Utah State Student Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 28 - Hannah Gleason, Volleyball
Sept. 4 - Devante Mays, Football
Sept. 11 - Hannah Gleason, Volleyball
Sept. 18 - Hannah Jones, Women's Tennis
Sept. 25 - Jessica Brooksby, Soccer
Oct. 2 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Cross Country
Oct. 9 - Kai Wehnelt, Men's Tennis
Oct. 16 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Cross Country
Oct. 23 - Kai Wehnelt, Men's Tennis
Oct. 30 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 7 - Lauren Harmon, Soccer
Nov. 14 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 21 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 28 - Eliza West, Women's Basketball
Dec. 5 - Rachel Brewster, Women's Basketball
Dec. 26 - Jalen Moore, Men's Basketball
Jan. 1 - Shannon Dufficy, Women's Basketball
Jan. 8 - Koby McEwen, Men's Basketball
Jan. 15 - Brenn Flint, Women's Track & Field
Jan. 22 - Madison Ward, Gymnastics
Jan. 29 - Samuel Serrano, Men’s Tennis
Feb. 5 - Madison Ward, Gymnastics
Feb. 12 - AJ Boully, Men’s Track & Field
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