April 22, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's track and field multi-event athlete Chari Hawkins was named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 21, in an award voted on by a state-wide media panel.
This is the first career USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for Hawkins, while also marking the second-straight week an Aggie women's track and field athlete has won the award as junior Keeley Eldredge garnered the honor on April 15.
Hawkins, a sophomore from Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS) shattered the school record in the women's heptathlon with a point total of 5,441 at the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events this past weekend. The previous USU record in the heptathlon was 5,304 points set in 2006 by Lacey Hulbert. Hawkins also moved into fourth-place in school history in the long jump with a leap of 5.95m (19-06.25), while also entering a tie for fourth-place in the Aggie record books in the high jump after clearing 1.76m (5-09.25).
This season, Hawkins now ranks first in the WAC for the heptathlon and high jump, while also ranking fourth in the long jump. Furthermore, she ranks 11th in the West and 14th overall in the nation for the heptathlon, 15th in the West and 46th overall in the country for the high jump, as well as 33rd in the West and 85th overall in the nation for the long jump this season.
USU track and field continues its spring action with split action between the University of California hosted Brutus Hamilton Challenge and the BYU hosted Robison Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete Of The Week Included:
SOFTBALL - Senior infielder Christine Thomsen (Fresno, Calif.) helped Utah State to a 2-4 home record last week as it lost in-state games to Utah Valley (3-2), Utah (14-3 (6)) and Southern Utah (5-4), before taking two of three games against Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech as it lost the first game (6-1), and then won the final two games (8-4, 5-2). Thomsen began the week by going 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run against the Wolverines, and then went 2-for-3 against the Utes with an RBI. Against the Thunderbirds, Thomsen was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and two walks. In game one against LTU, she went 2-for-3 at the plate, followed by 3-for-4 performances in each of the last two games of the series with a run scored in each outing. For the week, Thomsen hit a robust .737 (14-19) with three runs scored, one run batted in and one double, to go along with two walks.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore McKenzie Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (7-5, 7-6) and teamed with senior Jaci West for an 8-6 loss at the first doubles position as Utah State lost at home to Idaho, 5-2, in its only match of the week.
MEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore Matt Sweet (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted an 0-2 singles record and went 0-2 in doubles play last week as Utah State lost a pair of road matches at Air Force (4-0) and at Western Athletic Conference foe Denver (4-0). Against the Falcons, Sweet lost in straight sets at No. 3 singles (7-6, 6-3) and teamed with senior Sven Poslusny for an 8-7 loss at the first doubles position. Against the Pioneers, Sweet lost in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-2) and teamed with Poslusny for an 8-5 loss at the first doubles position.
MEN'S TRACK - Junior Bryce Hall (Kaysville, Utah) placed ninth in the discus with a personal-best mark of 53.69m (176-02) and 18th in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.64m (179-03) at the prestigious 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays this past weekend. With the marks, Hall now ranks second in the WAC in the discus and fourth in the hammer throw.
2012-13 Utah State Student-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 March 4 - Jenna Johnson, Women's Basketball March 11 - Spencer Butterfield, Men's Basketball March 18 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball March 25 - McKenzie Davis, Women's Tennis April 1 - Briton Page, Men's Track & Field April 8 - Christine Thomsen, Softball April 15 - Keeley Eldredge, Women's Track & Field April 22 - Chari Hawkins, Women's Track & Field
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