LOGAN, Utah -
The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Teams were announced on Thursday and a pair of Utah State student-athletes were both honored.
For the third consecutive year, senior javelin thrower Devin Wright was tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. On the women's side, sophomore distance runner Kashley Carter garnered her first academic all-district accolade.
Wright recently graduated from Utah State with a 3.94 grade point average (GPA). He earned his bachelor's of science degree in biology, with an emphasis in human biology. Both he and Carter are two of 18 Aggies currently competing at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas. The three-day competition began Thursday and will conclude Saturday.
While Wright has certainly excelled in the javelin during his career at Utah State, the native of Monticello, Utah, has perhaps done even more in the classroom. After all, he was one of 195 student-athletes recognized at the 24th annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon in April. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or have posted a 3.2 GPA during the last two semesters.
Wright was the top honoree during the luncheon, continuing a streak of seven straight and 10 of the last 11 honorees from the track & field program. He is a multiple Whitesides Scholar-Athlete recipient and has earned academic all-conference accolades and Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors two times apiece. He has also garnered third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2016) accolades, to go along with being named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (2015, 2016).
Wright is one of three Utah State throwers on the men's side to qualify for the West Prelims. He is seeded 21st in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 67.84m (222-07), which he set May 13 at the MW Outdoor Championships, where he captured the bronze medal.
In all seven meets he competed in this season, Wright finished in the top-five each time out. He placed first three times, including in back-to-back meets at the Utah State-hosted Mark Faldmo Invitational (62.93m/206-05) and Stanford-hosted Cardinal Classic (64.05m/210-2).
Wright, who is competing in the West Prelims for the fourth time in his career, ranks fourth all-time in school history in the javelin with his throw of 67.84m at the MW Outdoor Championships.
Carter earned a 4.00 GPA majoring in pre-physical therapy. She is a three-time academic all-MW honoree, two-time MW Scholar-Athlete, two-time Whitesides recipient and USTFCCCA All-Academic Team member.
Like Wright, she is competing in the West Prelims and is seeded 36th in the 5,000 meters with a school-record time of 16:14.46, which she set at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.
The native of Mona, Utah, also holds the outdoor school record in the 3,000m with a time of 9:40.52, which she set in her first collegiate meet in 2016 at the UC Irvine-hosted Anteater Invitational. Carter ranks second all-time in school history in both the indoor 3,000m (9:38.21) and 5,000m (16:50.28).
During the 2016 cross country season, Carter earned all-region honors by placing 15th with a time of 20:28.50 at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships. She also garnered first-team all-Mountain West honors and recorded her best finish of the season by placing eighth with a time of 20:45.20 at the conference championships.
Wright competed Thursday at the West Prelims, while Carter is slated to run Saturday at 7:05 p.m. (MT).
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I), and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The expanded teams include NCAA Divisions I, II and III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected next month.
District VIII is made up of schools from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.
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