LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State track & field distance runner Dillon Maggard has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Mar. 11, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Overall, it is the seventh time this year and 16th time in his career Maggard has been named USU's student-athlete of the week.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
The senior from Kirkland, Wash., earned a pair of first-team All-American honors last weekend by placing fifth in both the distance medley relay and 3,000-meter race at the NCAA Indoor Championships, held in College Station, Texas, helping Utah State score eight points to finish 29th as a team, its best finish since placing 21st in 1977. In the DMR, Maggard anchored the relay team by running the fastest 1,600m split in the race at 3:56.53, leading USU to a school-record time of 9:32.31. In the 3,000m, Maggard, who was seeded 15th in the race, placed fifth with a time of 8:06.69.
Maggard is now a seven-time All-American, made up of two cross country honors, four indoor track & field accolades (3,000m, DMR and twice in the mile) and an outdoor track and field honor in the 1,500m.
The Aggies begin the outdoor season next weekend, when they compete at the Spring Break Classic in Irvine, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week include:
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Sam Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) guided Utah State to its first appearance in the Mountain West Championship semifinals last week with wins against 10th-seeded Colorado State (76-65) and second-seeded Boise State (78-75), before losing to third-seeded New Mexico (83-68). Merrill led the Aggies in scoring during the week, averaging 18.7 points per game, while shooting 50.0 percent (19-of-38) from the floor, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) at the free throw line. In the first round against CSU, Merrill scored 11 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. In the quarterfinals against BSU, Merrill led the Aggies with 28 points, shooting 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the floor, 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from behind the 3-point line and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) at the free throw line, while adding five rebounds, five assists and one steal. And in the semifinals against UNM, Merrill led the team again with 17 points and added five assists and three rebounds.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Olivia West (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia) led Utah State in its single game of the Mountain West Championships, as the No. 9 Aggies fell to No. 8 Air Force, 68-54. West was the leading scorer for the Aggies, finishing the game with 13 points. She added one rebound, one assist and three steals, while shooting 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the field, including 50.0 percent (1-of-2) from the 3-point line and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
GYMNASTICS – Freshman Autumn DeHarde (Sussex, Wis.) won her fourth beam title of the season with a career-high-tying 9.925 last weekend as Utah State finished third in a quad meet hosted by BYU with a season-high road score of 195.725. DeHarde also had a personal-best 9.775 on vault and a 9.775 on floor.
SOFTBALL – Senior outfielder Emily Hunter (Centerville, Utah) was the leading batter for Utah State as the Aggies posted a 2-4 record last week with a 2-0 win at Pacific, followed by a 1-4 record at the UC Davis-hosted Aggie Invitational. USU began the week with a 2-0 win at Pacific and a 2-0 win at UC Davis, but went on to fall to Valparaiso (5-4) and Northern Colorado (3-2) in a pair of eight-inning games and closed the tournament in losses to Northern Colorado (3-2) and UC Davis (3-1). Against Pacific, Hunter went 1-for-3 at the plate. Following an 0-for-2 performance against UC Davis, she batted 3-for-4 against Valparaiso, including her first-career double, and scored one run. Against Northern Colorado, she was 2-of-4 at the plate, while adding two defensive putouts. She hit 1-for-4 in the second game against the Bears and was 0-for-2 in the weekend finale, with one walk and one putout. On the weekend, Hunter batted .368 (7-of-19), including one double and scored one run, while adding four putouts in the outfield.
MEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Felipe Acosta (Chascomus, Argentina) posted an overall 6-1 mark in singles and doubles play last week as he helped Utah State to a 2-2 record with neutral court wins against No. 26 Old Dominion (4-3) and George Washington (4-0), and road losses to Denver (4-3) and South Florida (5-2). Against DU, Acosta posted a three-sets win (6-0, 1-6, 6-1) at No. 5 singles. Against ODU, Acosta posted another three-sets win (6-3, 4-6, 6-1), this time at No. 6 singles. Against GWU, he posted a straight-sets win at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-5). And against USF, Acosta posted a straight-sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-1). In doubles, Acosta and fellow freshman Addy Vashistha posted a 2-0 record at the third doubles position with a 6-0 win against George Washington and a 6-1 win against South Florida.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Hannah Jones (South Ogden, Utah) notched a 5-1 mark in singles and doubles play last week as Utah State posted a 3-1 record with neutral court wins against Boston (4-3) and Seton Hall (4-3), to go along with a road win at UC Riverside (5-2) and a road loss at Cal State Fullerton (4-2). In singles play, Jones posted four straight-set wins at the No. 5 spot against BU (6-4, 6-3), UCR (6-1, 6-4), SHU (6-4, 6-2), and CSF (6-3, 6-1). In doubles, Jones and freshman Sasha Pisareva dropped just two games in their 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot in their victory against Seton Hall.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
Oct. 9 – DJ Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Oct. 23 – Jordan Love, Football
Oct. 30 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 5 – LaJuan Hunt, Football
Nov. 12 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 26 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 3 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 10 – Olivia West, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 17 – Dwayne Brown Jr., Men’s Basketball
Dec. 24 – DeAngelo Isby, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 1 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 8 – Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 15 – Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 22 – Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 29 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 5 – Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Feb. 12 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 19 – Jaime Barajas, Men’s Tennis
Feb. 26 – Clay Lambourne, Men's Track & Field
March 5 – Faith Leary, Gymnastics
March 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men's Track & Field
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