Dillon Maggard Named America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week
Dillon Maggard has been named the USU Student-Athlete of the Week
Oct. 30, 2017

LOGAN, Utah -

Utah State senior cross country runner Dillon Maggard has been name the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 9, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.

Overall, it is the second time this year and 11th 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.

Last week, the Kirkland, Wash., native earned first-team all-conference honors for the second-consecutive year as he placed third individually at the Mountain West Championships, held in Albuquerque, N.M. Maggard ran the 8-kilometer race in 23:54.45 to lead USU to a fourth-place finish as a team with 93 points. Maggard’s third-place finish is the highest by any Aggie at the MW Championship meet since USU joined the league in 2012.

The Aggies are back in action in two weeks when they host the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Friday, Nov. 10. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course.

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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included: 
 – Junior Alyssa Snyder (Coalville, Utah) earned first-team all-conference honors last week by placing sixth individually at the conference championships, held in Albuquerque, N.M. Snyder ran the 6-kilometer race in 20:55.40 to lead the way for the Aggies to a third-place finish as a team with 73 points. Her sixth-place finish was the highest for an Aggie woman at the MW Championship meet since USU joined the conference in 2012.

FOOTBALL – Redshirt freshman S Baron Gajkowski (Alpine, Utah) had a career-high 11 tackles, including a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss, in Utah State’s 41-14 Mountain West home loss against Boise State last weekend. For Gajkowski, it was his first-career double-digit tackle outing.
SOCCER – Freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo (Holladay, Utah) scored Utah State's only goal in a 2-1 Mountain West home loss to Boise State last weekend. Cardozo scored her ninth goal of the season in the 15th minute of the match against the Broncos. In the match, she took four shots, all of which were on goal.

MEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Jose Carvajal (Pereira, Colombia) finished with a 4-1 record at the Arizona-hosted Fall Hidden Dual last week. Carvajal finished 2-1 in singles with victories over Grand Canyon's Lorenzo Fucile and Fresno State's Henrique Osorio in straight sets, and went 2-0 in doubles action with senior Jaime Barajas with victories over teams from Arizona and Grand Canyon.

WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Sophia Haleas (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) won the Orange Flight in singles at the Boise State-hosted Barb Chandler Classic last week. Haleas finished 4-0 in singles play with victories over Idaho State's Kristen Newell and Melissa Coburn, Eastern Washington's Rachel Swindell and Boise State's Vanessa Trimm. Haleas also advanced to the doubles semifinals with sophomore Rhoda Tanui, finishing with a 2-1 record with victories over teams from Idaho State and Montana.

VOLLEYBALL – Junior libero Tasia Taylor (Taylorsville, Utah) recorded double-digit digs in each of Utah State’s home matches last week as the Aggies lost 3-0 to New Mexico before posting a 3-0 victory against UNLV. Against the Lobos, Taylor led the USU back row with 16 digs and added two assists. Against the Rebels, Taylor recorded a school-record 25 digs in the three-set match and added three assists and one service ace. For the week, Taylor totaled 41 digs, averaging 6.83 per set, and added five assists and one service ace.

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




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