Feb. 17, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State junior sprinter Nic Bowens has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Feb. 16 it was announced Monday in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Overall, it is the first time this year and third time in his career that Bowens has been named USU's student-athlete of the week.
Bowens, a native of Meridian, Idaho (Meridian HS) set a pair of school records last weekend at the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Collegiate Invitational. Overall, Bowens finished sixth in the 60m with a schoool record time of 6.68, two hundredths of a second faster than the mark he set last season. He also finished seventh in the 200m with a school record time of 21.11, topping his previous school record of 21.17 also set a season ago.
The Aggies will take a week off before competing in their first Mountain West Championships, which will be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 1. Last season, the Aggie men finished third at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women placed seventh.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week Included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas) averaged a double-double last week in helping Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West record with a 71-62 road win at Colorado State and a 73-62 home loss to UNLV. Against the Rams, Shaw tallied eight points and 10 rebounds as he was 3-of-5 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Against the Rebels, Shaw logged his third double-double in the last four games and sixth of the season with a team-high 20 points and a game-high tying 12 rebounds, to go along with a career-high three assists and one steal. Against UNLV, he was 7-of-15 from the field and 6-for-6 at the charity stripe. For the week, Shaw averaged 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (10-20) and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Jennifer Schlott (Mesa, Ariz.) averaged 25.5 points last week as Utah State lost a pair of Mountain West games with a 100-75 home loss to first-place Colorado State, followed by an 82-80 overtime loss at UNLV. Against the Rams, Schlott scored a team-high 21 points shooting 9-of-22 from the field, 2-of-9 from three-point range and 1-for-3 at the free throw line. The senior also added six assists and five rebounds against CSU. Against the Lady Rebels, she scored a game-high 30 points as she was 9-of-22 from the field, 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and the 9-for-11 at the free throw line. She also had seven assists, four steals and two rebounds against UNLV. For the week, Schlott averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field (18-44), including 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16) and 71.4 at the free throw line (10-14).
MEN'S GOLF - Sophomore Seokwon Jeon (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished tied for third with a 4-under 140 (70-70) to help Utah State tie for fourth-place with a with an 8-over 584 (297-287) at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last week. Jeon's third-place finish is his second-best tournament finish as a collegiate player.
GYMNASTICS - Senior Paige Jones (Smithville, Mo.) had her best overall meet of the season last week in helping Utah State to a third-place finish with a team score of 194.025 at a quad meet hosted by No. 13 Oregon State, along with No. 16 Boise State and Seattle Pacific. Overall, Jones tied for fourth on vault with a 9.850, tied for seventh on bars with a 9.800, and tied for sixth on the floor with a career-high tying 9.850.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Junior McKenzie Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished the week with a 5-1 record as she helped Utah State post a 2-1 record with a home win against Weber State (6-1) and a road win at Eastern Washington (7-0), while losing at Idaho (5-2). Against Weber State, Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-2) and teamed with sophomore Kallie Sperry for an 8-4 win at the first doubles position. Against Idaho, Davis defeated the No. 17-ranked singles player in the Mountain Region, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, at the No. 1 position in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-3), while her and Sperry lost at the first doubles position, 8-3. And against Eastern Washington, Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3) and teamed with Sperry for an 8-7 win at the first doubles position.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD - Junior Chari Hawkins (Rexburg, Idaho) set a new school record and won the title in the 60m hurdles at the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Hawkins finished in a time of 8.40, shattering the previous record of 8.52 set by Amber Peterson in 2007.
2013-14 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Sept. 2 - Jeannie Woller, Soccer
Sept. 9 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 16- Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 23 - Elle Brainard, Volleyball
Sept. 30 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Oct. 7 - Sebastian Schneider, Men's Tennis
Oct. 14 - Seokwon Jeon, Golf
Oct. 21 - Joey DeMartino, Football
Oct. 28 - Elle Brainard, Volleyball
Nov. 4 - Darell Garreston, Football
Nov. 11 - Bruce Natson, Football
Nov. 18 - Kaitlyn VanHoff, Volleyball
Nov. 25 - Jake Doughty, Football
Dec. 2 - Nick Vigil, Football
Dec. 9 - Jake Doughty, Football
Dec. 23 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Dec. 30 - Joey DeMartino, Football
Jan. 6 - Elise Nelson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 13 - Bailey McIntire, Gymnastics
Jan. 20 - Chari Hawkins, Women's Track & Field
Jan. 27 - Chari Hawkins, Women's Track & Field
Feb. 3 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Feb. 10 - Noelle Johnson, Softball
Feb. 17 - Nic Bowens, Men's Track & Field
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