Campus briefs: Cristal Turner reunites with Jerry Finkbeiner at Utah State

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Published: Thursday, June 21 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Her father played football at Utah State (1975-79), while sister Bobbi played soccer at BYU (2003-04) and sister Summer played at Utah State (2008-11). Summer earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors twice in her storied career.

Utah State has seven starters and 12 letterwinners returning from last year's historic team that ended the season with a 15-5-2 record. The Aggies recorded a 5-1-1 WAC record en route to their third WAC regular-season title in four years. USU also won its first WAC tournament title and advanced to its first NCAA tournament.



Samantha Curtis M FR Cottonwood Heights, Utah (Brighton HS)

Jamie Duke M FR Sandy, Utah (Waterford School)

Danielle Gaztambide F FR Salt Lake City, Utah (Judge Memorial)

Maris Hamblin M/F FR Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS)

Robin Hansen M JR Hyde Park, Utah (Sky View HS/Iowa Western CC)

Lexie Henrie D/M FR Orem, Utah (Timpanogos HS)

Sara Lorscheider D FR Centerville, Utah (Viewmont HS)

Tessa Nicolaides M JR Salt Lake City, Utah (East HS/Saint Mary's)

Natalie Stoven GK FR Cottonwood Heights, Utah (Brighton HS)

Jackie Tillotson D JR Sandy, Utah (Alta HS/UNLV)

Kaitlyn Wilcox F FR Tremonton, Utah (Bear River HS)

Jeannie Woller GK FR Sandy, Utah (Waterford School)

USU'S HOWELL NAMED AN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Utah State senior distance runner Daniel Howell was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Track & Field/Cross Country first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

This marks the second-straight year that Howell has received CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American honors as he was also named to the third team in 2011.

Howell, a Manti, Utah, native, joins Miles Batty of BYU as the only men from the state of Utah to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American teams as both athletes were named to the first team. Howell is also the only Western Athletic Conference male to receive the honor. Idaho's Hannah Kiser represented the WAC on the women's side on the second team, while Nachelle Mackey of BYU (first team) and Sarah Callister of Weber State (third team) were the only women from the state of Utah to receive the accolades.

Additionally in his career, Howell has also received academic all-district honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2010 and 2011, along with being an 11-time academic all-WAC honoree.

Howell has a 3.963 GPA majoring in wildlife sciences and rangeland resources. He is a 14-time first-team all-WAC honoree during his Utah State cross country and track career as he won the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the 2012 WAC Indoor Championships, while also capturing the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter titles at the 2012 WAC Outdoor Championships. Howell also placed fourth at the 2011 WAC Cross Country Championships.

At the first round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Howell competed in two events, placing 21st in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:03.38 as well as finishing 45th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:12.85.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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