Utah State Track & Field's Chari Hawkins Named America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week
March 17, 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. 16 it was announced Monday, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the fourth time this year and seventh time in her career that Hawkins has been named USU’s student-athlete of the week.
Hawkins, a native of Rexburg, Idaho, earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships as she placed 14th in the pentathlon with 4,025 points. Hawkins started the pentathlon with a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.33 to break her own school record. She then placed third in the high jump with a leap of 1.79m (5-10.50), placed 11th in the shot put with a heave of 11.48m (37-08.00), finished 15th in the long jump with a distance of 5.67m (18-07.25), and finished 16th in the 800m with a time of 2:35.36 for her second-best pentathlon score.
Hawkins is the first Aggie to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships since Sonia Grabowska and Clint Silcock in 2011.
Utah State track & field returns to action Saturday, Mar. 22, as they open the outdoor season at the Oregon Preview in Euguene, Ore.
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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) helped Utah State advance to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships last week with a 73-69 opening round win against Colorado State, followed by a 73-39 loss to top-seeded San Diego State. Against the Rams, Shaw scored seven points as he was 3-of-7 from the field and 1-for-2 at the free throw line, while adding eight rebounds. Against the Aztecs, he logged 14 points as he was 6-of-11 from the field and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe, adding three rebounds and one assist. For the week, Shaw averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (9-18) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (3-4).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Senior guard Jennifer Schlott (Mesa, Ariz.) helped Utah State advance to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships last week, guiding the Aggies to a 69-66 win against New Mexico in the first round, before losing to top-seeded Colorado State, 72-67, in the quarterfinals. Against the Lobos, Schlott scored a game-high 29 points going 11-of-24 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. She added seven steals, four rebounds and two steals in the win. Against the Rams, she scored 20 points going 7-of-17 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range and 2-for-3 from the charity stripe. She also tied a career-high with 11 assists for her fifth career double-double and added six rebounds in the game. Schlott also became USU’s all-time leading scorer in the game against CSU with 1,566 career points. For the week, Schlott averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field (18-41), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (6-7).
GYMNASTICS – Senior Paige Jones (Smithville, Mo.) helped Utah State to a 2-1 dual record last week and its first 196.000 team score since the 2004 season as it defeated No. 24 Southern Utah (196.000-195.500) and finished second in a tri-meet with No. 7 UCLA and Bowling Green with a team score of 196.000. Against the Thunderbirds, Jones claimed the vault title with a 9.875, placed second on bars with a 9.850 and tied for fourth-place on floor with a 9.800. Against UCLA and Bowling Green, Jones tied for third-place on vault with a 9.850, tied for 10th on bars with a 9.825 and placed 18th on floor with a 9.650.
SOFTBALL – Sophomore Noelle Johnson (West Covina, Calif.) helped Utah State to a 3-6 record last week as it lost a pair of doubleheaders at CSU Bakersfield (3-2, 4-3) and at CS Northridge (2-1, 5-4), and then posted a 3-2 record at the UC Santa Barbara hosted Gaucho Classic II with wins against Portland State (8-0), Monmouth (8-2) and Dartmouth (2-1), and losses to UCSB (8-0) and Monmouth (4-2). Against the Roadrunners, Johnson only allowed three earned runs and struck out eight batters in the 3-2 loss. She then pitched in both games against the Matadors, taking the loss in both contests, despite only allowing one earned run. Johnson then pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six hits and no runs to record the win against PSU. Against Monmouth, she only allowed two runs and struck out eight batters in 5.0 innings for the win. And in the final game of the tournament against Dartmouth, she threw a complete game allowing only one unearned run and striking out five for the win. For the week, Johnson made five starts and seven appearances and posted a 3-3 record in 40.1 innings pitched. She struck out 42 batters and ended the week with a 1.39 ERA, allowing only eight earned runs. Johnson also hit .308 (4-13) during the week with three RBI.
MEN’S TENNIS – Junior Marcus Fritz (Stockholm, Sweden) posted a combined 4-2 record last week as Utah State lost matches to Arizona (4-3) and Fresno State (4-3), and defeated Saint Mary’s (4-2). Against the Wildcats, Fritz posted a straight sets win at No. 2 singles (7-5, 7-6) and teamed with freshman Dennis Baumgartner for an 8-5 loss at the first doubles position. Against the Bulldogs, Fritz notched a three-sets win at No. 2 singles (1-6, 6-1, 6-4) and teamed with Baumgartner for an 8-4 win at the first doubles position to help USU claim the doubles point. And against the Gaels, Fritz lost in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-2) and teamed with Baumgartner for an 8-4 win at the first doubles position to help USU claim the doubles point.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Kallie Sperry (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a combined 4-2 record last week as Utah State lost matches to Boise State (6-1) and UTEP (4-1), and defeated Lewis-Clark State (7-0). Against the Broncos, Sperry won in three sets at No. 3 singles (3-6, 7-6, 10-8) and teamed with sophomore Ashley Stuhlmann for an 8-3 loss at the third doubles position. Against the Warriors, Sperry won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-0, 6-0) and teamed with Stuhlmann for an 8-1 win at the third doubles position. And against the Miners, Sperry lost in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-1), and teamed with Stuhlmann for a 6-5 win at the third doubles position.
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
Mar. 10 - Paige Jones, Gymnastics
Mar. 17 - Chari Hawkins, Track & Field