Utah State Track & Field's Chari Hawkins Named America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week
March 3, 2014
Logan, Utah -
Utah State track & field athlete Chari Hawkins has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Mar. 2 it was announced Monday, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the third time this year and sixth time in her career that Hawkins has been named USU's student-athlete of the week.
Hawkins, a native of Rexburg, Idaho, was named the Women's Performer of the Meet last weekend as she helped Utah State place sixth out of 10 teams at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships with 58 points. Hawkins set a new school and Mountain West Championship record en route to winning the title in the pentathlon with 4,173 points. Hawkins also finished second in both the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) and 60m hurdles (8.44) to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors in both events.
Hawkins' pentathlon score currently ranks first in the Mountain Region and eighth in the nation.
Utah State track & field will take a week off before returning to action Friday through Saturday, Mar. 14-15, when qualifying athletes compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week Included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas) helped Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 67-58 loss at New Mexico, followed by a 75-58 road win at San José State. Against the Lobos, Medlin netted a team-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line, adding five assists and two rebounds. Against the Spartans, Medlin tallied 12 points, making 4-of-10 of his field goals, including 2-of-6 behind the arc, as well as 2-for-2 at the charity stripe, adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. For the week, Medlin averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (11-22), 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-11), and a perfect 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Jennifer Schlott (Mesa, Ariz.) guided Utah State to a pair of Mountain West home wins last week with a 67-65 victory against New Mexico, followed by a 96-67 win against San José State. Against the Lobos, Schlott scored a game-high 33 points going 13-of-27 from the field, including 0-of-3 from three-point range and was a perfect 7-of-7 the free throw line. The senior also added six assists and four rebounds in the game. Against the Spartans, she scored 34 points going 12-of-24 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 8-for-11 from the free throw line. She also tied career highs with 11 assists and six rebounds to go along with three steals. For the week, Schlott averaged 33.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 49.0 percent from the field (25-51), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (2-8) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (15-18). Schlott also became the first player in Mountain West history to score over 400 points in league contests as she know has 458 points.
GYMNASTICS - Junior Sarah Landes (Edmond, Okla.) claimed her second all-around win of the season last weekend in helping Utah State post a 195.100-193.650 home win against Sacramento State. Against the Hornets, Landes notched a season-best 39.250 in the all-around, and earned a share of her second individual event win of the season as she tied for first on bars with a 9.825. Landes also notched a 9.850 on vault to tie for fourth-place, a 9.800 on beam to place third, and a 9.825 on floor to finish second.
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Dennis Baumgartner (Rheinfelden, Germany) won both of his matches last week in helping Utah State to a 4-3 home win against Idaho, the seventh-ranked team in the Mountain Region. Overall, it was USU's first win against the Vandals since 2007. Against Idaho, Baumgartner posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (7-6, 6-4) against the No. 12 ranked singles player in the region and teamed with junior Marcus Fritz for an 8-7 win at the first doubles position against the top-ranked doubles team in the Mountain Region.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Nini Guensler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) posted a 3-0 record last week as Utah State lost matches to Loyola Marymount (4-2) and at UNLV (6-1). Against LMU, Guensler posted a straight sets win at No. 3 singles (6-0, 7-5) and teamed with freshman Lexi Turley for an 8-3 win at the second doubles position. Against UNLV, Guensler posted a straight sets win at No. 3 singles (6-1, 7-5) for USU's only point in the match, while her doubles match was left unfinished.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD - Junior Nic Bowens (Meridian, Idaho) was named the Men's Performer of the Meet last weekend as he helped Utah State place fourth out of six teams at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships with 109.50 points. Bowens set a new school and Mountain West record to win the 60m with a time of 6.61 and also took the title in the 200m with a time of 21.11 to tie his own school record.
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, Track & Field
Jan. 27 - Chari Hawkins, Track & Field
Feb. 3 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Feb. 10 - Noelle Johnson, Softball
Feb. 17 - Nic Bowens, Men's Track & Field
Feb. 24 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Mar. 3 - Chari Hawkins, Track & Field
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