Brian McKenna Named America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of The Week
Feb. 15, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Brian McKenna was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Jan Feb. 14.
Sophomore McKenna set a new USU record in the 5,000m clocking in at 14:20.09, in 41st place at the Husky Classic at Seattle, Wash. Seth Wold posted the previous record, which was 14:20.15, in 2006. McKenna's time is fastest in the WAC thus far this season.
It is the second week in a row that Aggie men's track has earned the USU Athlete of the Week honor. Last week, Aggie junior Mike Pyrtle set a new Utah State record in the 60m clocking in at 6.71.
McKenna and the Aggies will finish the indoor season at the 2010 WAC Indoor Championships Feb. 25-27.
Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week honors include:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior forward Nicole Johnson (Vancouver, Wash.) helped Utah State post a 1-1 road record last week with a 66-46 win at San Jose State and a 77-66 loss at Nevada. Against the Spartans, she had seven points, four rebounds, three steals and one block. Against the Wolf Pack, she had seven points, one rebound and one block to become Utah State's all-time blocks leader with 128, which ranks fifth all-time in the Western Athletic Conference. For the week, Johnson averaged 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
MEN'S GOLF - Freshman Tanner Higham (Shelley, Idaho) helped Utah State to a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah last week. Higham tied for sixth-place individually with an even-par 144 after shooting rounds of 70 and 74 for his best collegiate finish.
GYMNASTICS - Sophomore Rebecca Holliday (Orange, Calif.) made her 2010 season debut Friday in Utah State's 196.225-178.250 loss at No. 4 Utah. Holliday posted a career-high 9.800 on bars to finish fourth and help the Aggies notch a season-high 48.475 on the event. Holliday's 9.800 is USU's highest bars score this season.
SOFTBALL - Junior outfielder Joreigh Landers (Vernonia, Ore.) helped Utah State to a 4-1 record last weekend at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah as the Aggies defeated Maine (7-5), Idaho State (9-0), Northern Colorado (7-3) and Seattle (4-3), and lost to Tulsa (8-1). Landers had at least one hit in four of USU's five games during the tournament, including a 3-for-4 performance against Maine as she had three RBI in the season-opener. For the week, Landers hit .400 (6-15) and had a total of five runs batted in.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Junior Hailey Swenson (North Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a 2-1 record at No. 1 singles and teamed with freshman Jaclyn West to notch a 2-1 record at No. 1 doubles last week as Utah State defeated Weber State, 7-0, lost to No. 39 UNLV, 7-0, and lost to UC Riverside, 4-3.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Junior Erin Stratton (Aurora, Colo.) finished in fifth-place in the mile with a time of 4:55.59 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., last weekend. That time is the fastest in the WAC this year in that event and ranks seventh all-time in school history.
2009-10 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners Aug. 31 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer Sept. 7 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball Sept. 14 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball Sept. 21 - Diondre Borel, Football Sept. 28 - Robert Turbin, Football Oct. 5 - Benjamin Schilleman, Golf Oct. 12 - Natalie Norris, Soccer Oct. 19 - Emily Kortsen, Volleyball Oct. 26 - Walter McClenton, Football Nov. 2 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country Nov. 9 - Diondre Borel, Football Nov. 16 - Amber White, Women's Basketball Nov. 23 - Bobby Wagner, Football Nov. 30 - Robert Turbin, Football Dec. 7 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball Dec. 14 - Pooh Williams, Men's Basketball Dec. 21 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball Dec. 28 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball Jan. 4 - LaCale Pringle-Buchanan, Women's Basketball Jan. 11 - Amber White, Women's Basketball Jan. 18 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball Jan. 25 - Sven Poslusny, Men's Tennis Feb. 1 - Nate Bendall, Men's Basketball Feb. 8 - Mike Pyrtle, Men's Track Feb. 15 - Brian McKenna, Men's Track.