Feb. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's track & field sprinter Nic Bowens was named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 24, in an award voted on by a state-wide media panel.
This is the first career USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for Bowens, while also marking the first time this season a member of the Aggie track & field team has earned the accolade.
Bowens, a sophomore from Meridian, Idaho (Meridian HS), broke school records in the 60m and 200m dashes this past weekend at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., as the USU men finished in third place as a team with 126 points. Bowens clocked a time of 6.70 in the 60m to claim the silver medal, while crossing the finish line in third-place in the 200m with a time of 21.17. Bowens time of 6.70 in the 60m was altitude converted to 6.72 which ranks him tied for 39th in the nation this season, while his time of 21.17 in the 200m was altitude converted to 21.24 to rank him 51st in the nation.
The 2013 indoor track and field season continues as Utah State will send athletes to compete in the UW Final Qualifier hosted by Washington on Friday, March 1 in Seattle, Wash. Athletes that qualify will then travel to Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, on March 8-9.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete Of The Week Included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) helped Utah State to a 1-1 record last week with a 70-68 loss at BYU and an 80-71 home win against Illinois State. Against the Cougars, Butterfield posted his sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with five assists and one steal, as he was 6-of-16 (.375) from the field, 2-of-8 (.250) from three-point range and 7-of-8 (.875) at the free throw line. Against the Redbirds, he scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot, as he was 7-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 1-for-2 at the line. For the week, Butterfield averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field (13-25), 30.0 percent from three-point range (3-10) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (8-10).
MEN'S GOLF - Junior Tanner Higham (Shelley, Idaho) finished tied for sixth-place with a 3-over 219 (75-73-71) at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational last week. Higham, who moved from 13th-place to sixth with his 1-under 71 during his final 18 holes, helped Utah State finish sixth in the nine-team field.
GYMNASTICS - Freshman Kinzey Martinez (Kimberly, Idaho) finished among the top three in two events as Utah State scored a 192.150 to finish fourth in a quad meet at No. 13 Denver along with Boise State and Rutgers last weekend. In the meet, Martinez tied for second on vault with a career-best 9.900 and finished tied for third on bars with a 9.825, while scoring an 8.775 on beam to finish 23rd.
SOFTBALL - Junior outfielder Rachael Hunsaker (Honeyville, Utah) posted a .267 batting average this past weekend in the Texas Invitational as Utah State lost two games to Lamar (5-2, 2-1) and No. 24 Tulsa (8-0, 3-0), and one game at No. 6 Texas (13-2). For the tournament, Hunsaker was 4-of-15 (.267) at the plate including an RBI triple in USU's 2-1 loss to Lamar. Hunsaker also had a team-leading .467 slugging percentage as well as a stolen base.
MEN'S TENNIS - Senior Sven Poslusny (Ventura, Calif.) won three of his four matches last week in helping Utah State to a 1-1 record as it lost at Montana State (4-3) and won against Montana State-Billings (5-0). Against the Bobcats, Poslusny notched a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-4), but lost his doubles match with sophomore partner Matt Sweet, 8-6, at the first position. Against the Yellowjackets, Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3) and teamed with Sweet for a 9-7 win at the first doubles position.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Senior Kristina Voytsekhovich (La Mesa, Calif.) won both of her matches last week in helping Utah State to a 5-2 home win against Weber State. In singles play, Voytsekhovich posted a straight sets win at the fourth spot (7-5, 6-1) and teamed with fellow senior Julie Tukuafu for an 8-3 win at the second doubles position.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Sophomore Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) cleared a personal-best height of 1.77m (2-09.75) in the high jump to garner the silver medal at the 2013 WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend as USU finished in seventh-place with 51 points. With her personal best in the high jump, Orr is now tied for the best mark in the WAC this season, while also ranking third in school history in the event.
2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners Aug. 27 - Josselyn White, Volleyball Sept. 3 - Chuckie Keeton, Football Sept. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football Sept. 17 - Tanner Higham, Golf Sept. 24 - Kerwynn Williams, Football Oct. 1 - Josselyn White, Volleyball Oct. 8 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer Oct. 15 - Kyler Fackrell, Football Oct. 22 - Chuckie Keeton, Football Oct. 29 - Jade Tarver, Soccer Nov. 5 - Natalie Norris, Soccer Nov. 12 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball Nov. 19 - Chuckie Keeton, Football Nov. 26 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball Dec. 3 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball Dec. 10 - Marcel Davis, Men's Basketball Dec. 17 - Kerwynn Williams, Football Dec. 24 - Kyisean Reed, Men's Basketball Dec. 31 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball Jan. 7 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball Jan. 14 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball Jan. 21 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball Jan. 28 - Sarah Landes, Gymnastics Feb. 4 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball Feb. 11 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball Feb. 18 - Tanner Higham, Golf Feb. 25 - Nic Bowens, Men's Track & Field
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