Strang Collects America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week Award
April 27, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - John Strang of the Utah State men's track and field team was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week award for the week of April 19-26. The USU award is chosen by a statewide media panel.
Strang, a senior from Hawthorne, N.J. (Hawthorne HS) posted the second-best decathlon total in Utah State school history on Wednesday and Thursday at the BYU Robison Invitational when he registered 7,180 points, finishing the two-day multi-event in second-place. Strang's 7,180 points finished close behind BYU's Meelis Kosk who took the title with 7,270 points and are an NCAA regional qualifying mark, as well as the best in the Western Athletic Conference to date. Strang's final score is second on USU's career top 10 list, behind Joel Johnson's 7,586 points he set in 2002. Johnson is currently an assistant coach for the Aggies.
In the field events, Strang tabbed first in the long jump with a distance of 23-03.50 (7.10m) and high jump clearing 6-10.75 (2.10m). Strang finished 16th in the shot put at 33-08.50 (10.27m). In the discus Strang took ninth at 109-08 (33.43m), while taking sixth in the javelin at 151-01 (46.05m). Strang won the 100m clocking in a 10.86 while the second-place finisher, Utah Valley's Michael McPherson didn't finish until 11.22. Strang went on to take first in the 110 hurdles (14.41). In the 400 hurdles, Strang took second-place at 49.30 and in the 1,500m he finished in 5:07.27 at 10th place.
This is Strang's third USU award this season, as he earned the weekly honor on Feb. 2 following his performance in winning the heptathlon at the Indoor Washington State Invitational, as well as March 2 after he won the WAC heptathlon title at the WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. For his career, this is Strang's fifth USU weekly accolade, but the first on a double-digit date, after he collected it on March 3 and May 5 of last year.
Strang and the USU men's and women's track and field teams' next action will be back in Provo on Saturday May 1, for the Last Chance Meet hosted by BYU.
Following that Utah State will host the WAC Outdoor Championships May 13-16 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah.
Other Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week Award Nominees Included:
MEN'S GOLF - Senior Devin Daniels (Hyde Park, Utah) posted his best finish of the spring season at the BYU hosted PING Cougar Classic last weekend as he carded rounds of 72, 69 and 71 to finish tied for 10th at four-under par.
SOFTBALL - Jasmine Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) hit .313 in six games last week. She launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season in a loss to WAC front-runner Nevada. It was Utah State's first home run since Harris went deep on April 7 against Utah. Harris ended the week going 5-for-16 with two runs scored and two RBI. The Aggies ended the week going 1-5 against first-place Nevada and New Mexico State. Overall, Harris is first on the team in hitting with a .306 average and first in RBI with 18.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD - Junior Ashlee Cannon (Kaysville, Utah) took second-place in the 100 hurdles clocking in at 14.08, which is a new season best time.
MEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore Jakob Asplund (Stockholm, Sweden) battled at No. one singles but fell in the seventh-seeded Aggies' first round 4-0, loss against second-seeded and 41st-ranked Fresno State Friday. Asplund fell, 6-3, in the fist set but was leading, 0-1, in the second set when the match was called due to the four-point regulation, as Fresno State had already clinched the win with the double point and wins at three, four and five singles. Utah State finished the season with an, 8-13 record and 0-7 in WAC action.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore Hailey Swenson (North Salt Lake City, Utah) took on Boise State's No. #80 Pichittra Thongdach at number one singles action and well in the first set , 6-4, when the first-round match was called due to the four point regulation, as Boise State had already tabbed victories in doubles and at the three, four and five singles spots. Utah State was seventh-seeded going into the WAC Tournament and BSU had a second-seed and was nationally ranked No. 36. The Aggies finish the season with a 5-20 record and 2-7 in WAC action.
2008-09 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners