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

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Published: Thursday, June 21 2012 11:46 p.m. MDT

Utah State head women's basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner announced Thursday that Cristal Turner will transfer to USU from Oral Roberts.

Turner, who is a 6-2 forward, played for Finkbeiner her freshman and sophomore seasons at ORU before suffering knee injuries in back-to-back seasons. As a freshman, she played in all 30 games, starting 14. She was solid from beyond the arc, ending the season shooting over 38 percent from three-point range. As a sophomore, Turner played in 32 games for the Golden Eagles. She led the team in blocked shots with 14.

She attended Maidstone Grammar School prior to Oral Roberts. She was part of the 18-Under 2007 European Championship team and competed in England's 20-Under team in 2008. Turner played club basketball for the Sevenoaks Suns and was named the England Basketball League Division II South Player of the Year 2007-08. She helped lead the Suns to National Trophy wins in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Turner graduated from Oral Roberts with a degree in international business this May and will be pursuing her master's at USU.

Her mother, Radmila, played basketball for Bulgaria in the 1988 Olympics and is known as one of the top European basketball players in the last 50 years.

Utah State has already signed five players for the 2012-13 season. Haylee Thompson, a 6-0 forward from Hailey, Idaho, will be a freshman next season. Makenlee Williams, a 5-11 forward/guard, from Syracuse, Utah, will also be a freshman. The Aggies also added Stephanie Bairstow, a 6-1 forward from Brisbane, Australia. Junior transfers Kelsey Corcoran and Jasmine Porter will become Aggies this season as well.

Complete 2011-12 Utah State Women's Basketball Signing Class

Stephanie Bairstow, 6-1, F, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Mansfield State HS)

Kelsey Corcoran, 6-2, F, Middletown, Va. (The Miller School/Winthrop)*

Jasmine Porter, 6-1, F, Layton, Utah (Layton Christian Academy/San Diego State)*

Haylee Thompson, 6-0, F, Hailey, Idaho (Wood River HS)

Cristal Turner, 6-2, F, Scunthorpe, England (Maidstone Grammar School/Oral Roberts)

Makenlee Williams, 5-11, F/G, Syracuse, Utah (Syracuse HS)

*Will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules

USU ADDS 3 SOCCER PLAYERS: Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced Thursday the addition of three more players for the 2012 season. Junior midfielder Robin Hansen, junior defender Jackie Tillotson and freshman forward Kaitlyn Wilcox will join the Aggies this season. The trio rounds out the 12-member 2012 USU soccer signing class.

Hansen, a Hyde Park, Utah, native, played her first two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At IWCC, Hansen was a two-year starter who was an anchor for the Reiver midfield. She scored seven goals and tallied five assists as a Reiver. After graduating early, Hansen transferred to Utah State for the spring semester and has already begun training with the Aggies.

Wilcox, a Tremonton, Utah, native, missed her senior season due to an injury but was still named team captain. During her high school career, she earned all-region and all-state honors. Her junior year, she set the school scoring record with 16 goals. Wilcox has started since her sophomore season and scored 22 career goals.

She has one sister, Amanda, who played soccer at Iowa Western, while her father, Gene, wrestled at BYU.

Tillotson, who hails from Sandy, Utah, played two seasons at UNLV, a future Mountain West Conference rival of Utah State. She played in 16 of the Rebels' 21 matches last season, starting eight. She had one assist and took two shots.

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.

2012 USU SOCCER SIGNEES

NAME POS. YR HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL)

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.

USU LANDS 98 ATHLETES ON ACADEMIC ALL-WAC TEAMS: The Western Athletic Conference announced its spring all-academic teams on Wednesday, along with its academic all-freshman transfer teams, and Utah State had 98 student-athletes recognized as 44 earned all-academic team honors, while 53 more were named to the academic all-freshman/transfer team.

Of its 44 academic all-WAC selections from its spring sports, Utah State had 18 student-athletes from women's outdoor track honored, along with 12 from men's outdoor track, five from women's tennis, four from both softball and men's tennis, and one from the men's golf team.

Utah State's 44 academic honorees from its spring sports were the fourth-most in the league as Fresno State was first with 50, followed by New Mexico State (49), Idaho (45), USU (44), Hawai'i (38), Nevada (33), Louisiana Tech (28) and San Jose State (13).

Utah State also had the most individuals honored in women's outdoor track and field (26) and men's outdoor track and field (19), while women's tennis (6) and men's tennis (5) both tied for the second most, and men's golf finished third (4).

Senior cross country/track athletes Daniel Howell and Brian McKenna both earned academic all-WAC honors for the 11th time in their careers, while fellow senior cross country/track athletes Jessie Chugg also earned her 11th academic all-WAC honor. Of the 44 USU student-athletes to earn spring academic all-WAC honors, 31 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

During the 2011-12 academic year, Utah State had 185 student-athletes recognized by the league office for their academic achievements.

SPRING ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONOREES

Softball

Christina Cummings, So., Health Science, 3.71

Tatem Day, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.77

Annie Thomas, So., Marketing, 3.78

Shelbi Tyteca, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.42

Golf

Tanner Higham, So., Undeclared, 3.96

Men's Tennis

Brandon Nielsen, So., Biology, 3.22

Fredrik Peterson, So., Business Administration, 3.90

Sven Poslusny, Jr., Marketing, 3.34

Lenny Whiting, Sr., Accounting, 3.76

Andrew Whiting, Jr., Business, 3.52

Women's Tennis

Romina Nedakovic, Sr., Journalism, 3.70

Brianna Rowland (Harris), Sr. Journalism, 3.67

Kristina Voytsekhovich, Sr., Political Science, 3.48

Kimberly Watts, So., Undeclared, 3.62

Jaci West, Jr., Political Science, 3.36

Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Hollie Bosworth, Jr., Family Consumer Science Education, 3.53

Stephanie Burt, Jr., PE Teaching, 3.05

Kaylee Campbell, Jr., Social Work, 3.40

Cherice Chugg, So., Finance, 3.31

Keeley Eldredge, So., History Teaching, 3.25

Camille Fehlberg, Sr., History Teaching & PE Teaching, 3.91

Kali Hamby, Sr., PE Teaching, 3.45

Aubrie Haymore, Jr., PE Teaching, 3.70

Katelyn Heiner, GRAD, Masters of Business Administration, 3.97

Kylie Hirschi, So., Exercise Science, 3.54

Spela Hus, Sr., International Business, 3.05

Jessie Nielsen, Sr., Family Consumer Human Development, 3.27

Jessie Parker, Sr., Nutrition & Food Sciences, 3.79

Kim Quinn, Sr., Environmental Studies, 3.05

Alisa Sheffer, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.65

Lindsey Spencer, Sr., Masters of Health and Human Movement Science, 3.26

Rachelle St. Jeor, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.72

Bailee Whitworth, Jr., Nutrition & Food Sciences, 3.41

Men's Outdoor Track and Field

Eric Follett, RS Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.90

Daniel Howell, Sr., Wildlife Sciences & Rangeland Resources, 3.96

John Johnson, Sr., International Business, 3.50

Tyler Killpack, RS Sr., Entreprenuership, 3.29

Brian McKenna, GRAD, Masters of Psychology, 3.42

Kyle McKenna, Jr., Music, 3.97

Jordan McMurray, RS Sr., Accounting, 3.45

Hunter Nelson, Sr., Finance, 3.11

Mikey Payne, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.28

Silas Pimentel, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.43

James Rohwer, So., Public Health, 3.91

Reagan Ward, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.70

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC FRESHMAN/TRANSFERS

Gymnastics

Breyanna Aufiero, Fr., Biology, 3.57

Kaitlyn Betts, Fr., Undeclared, 3.56

Ashley Follett, Fr., Undeclared, 3.60

Sarah Landes, Fr., Exercise Science, 4.00

Susan Miller, Fr., Undeclared, 3.50

Samantha Wagner, Fr., Psychology, 3.46

Soccer

Brooke Larsen, Fr., Psychology, 3.54

Lexie Morgan, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.61

Softball

Christine Thomsen, Jr., Sociology, 3.63

Men's Tennis

Curran Wearmouth, Fr., Geology, 3.31

Women's Tennis

McKenzie Davis, Fr., Undeclared, 3.44

Football

Will Davis, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.31

Tyler Bennett, Jr., Sociology, 3.19

Women's Cross Country

Brittany Bushman, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.54

Women's Track and Field - Indoor

Brittany Bushman, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.54

Laycee Elliott, Fr., Nutrition & Food Sciences, 3.81

McKenzie Johnson, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.44

Rachel Orr, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.41

Kayla Sagers, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.73

Cree Phillips Taylor, Fr., English Teaching, 3.97

Krista Whittle, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.58

Women's Track and Field - Outdoor

Brittany Bushman, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.54

Laycee Elliott, Fr., Nutrition & Food Sciences, 3.81

McKenzie Johnson, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.44

Rachel Orr, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.41

Kayla Sagers, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.73

Cree Phillips Taylor, Fr., English Teaching, 3.97

Krista Whittle, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.58

Jodi Williams, Fr., Exercise Science, 4.00

Men's Cross Country

Austin Neuner, Fr., Undeclared, 3.96

Eric Shellhorn, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.73

Men's Track and Field - Indoor

Nic Bowens, Fr., Biology, 3.77

Dan Mosman, So., Finance, 3.63

Austin Neuner, Fr., Undeclared, 3.96

Garrett Peck, Fr., Accounting, 3.42

Eric Shellhorn, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.73

Men's Track and Field - Outdoor

Nic Bowens, Fr., Biology, 3.77

Chris Martinez, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.91

Dan Mosman, So., Finance, 3.63

Austin Neuner, Fr., Undeclared, 3.96

Eric Shellhorn, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.73

Landon Watts, Fr., Biology, 4.00

Devin Wrigth, Fr., Biological Engineering, 4.00

Women's Basketball

Brooke Jackson, Sr. – TR, Master of Education, 3.67

Elise Nelson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.71

Men's Basketball

Mitch Bruneel, So., Business, 3.55

Jordan Stone, Fr., Statistics, 3.37

Golf

Brennan Coburn, Fr., Undeclared, 3.68

Andrew Paulson, , Fr., Undeclared, 3.60

Tanner Jenson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.76

WSU'S CALLISTER HONORED: For the second-straight year, Weber State junior distance runner Sarah Callister has earned Academic All-American honors. Callister has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Third Team. The Academic All-America teams were announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

She becomes just the fourth student-athlete in Weber State history in any sport to earn Academic All-American honors twice in a career.

Callister is one of 15 athletes named to the Third Team and is one of 45 student-athletes to earn Division I Academic All-America honors. She is one of just two student-athletes from a university in the state of Utah and one of two from a school in the Big Sky Conference to earn Academic All-America honors. Earlier this month she was named to the District VIII Academic All-District First Team.

Callister, a native of Ogden and graduate of Ogden High School, had an incredible year as a member of the Weber State women's cross country and track and field teams. In the past year she won four Big Sky Conference titles in indoor and outdoor track. At the 2012 indoor track championships she won the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters and was second in the mile in helping Weber State win the conference title. For her performance she was named the Female Athlete of the Meet. In outdoor track she won the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters at the conference meet for the third consecutive season, becoming the first athlete in conference history to win both events in three straight years. She qualified for the NCAA First Round Championship in the 10,000 meters and just missed advancing to the NCAA Championships.

She also set a Weber State and Big Sky record in the 10,000 meters in outdoor track and posted five times on the school's all-time top 10 list.

Last fall in cross country she earned All-Conference honors by finishing fifth at the Big Sky Championships, helping Weber State win the conference title.

She was also recently selected to represent the United States in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships, scheduled for July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Callister carries a 4.0 GPA in Nursing at Weber State and was named the Weber State Female Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year.

SUU'S LEVINS NAMED LEAGUE OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Southern Utah University's Cameron Levins has been named the Summit League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after claiming two NCAA titles and three conference titles in his final collegiate campaign.

Levins recently captured Southern Utah's first NCAA titles after finishing first in the 10K (28:07.14) and 5K (13:40.05). His first-place time in the 10K was also a stadium record and both races capped an undefeated streak in both distances during the year.

Levins ran to first-place finishes in the 1,500; 5,000 and 10,000-meters at the Summit League championships and also appeared on the medal stand in the 800-meters with a third-place finish.

The conference award is one of many that the senior has added to his trophy case this year, having already earned USTFCCCA Men's Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year, Summit League Track MVP and being named a semifinalist for The Bowerman Award.

SUU LANDS 101 ON WINTER/SPRING ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS: More than 100 student-athletes from Southern Utah University have been named to the Summit League Winter/Spring Academic All-League teams. More than half of the list includes student-athletes that have been named Distinguished Scholars after carrying a GPA of 3.60 or higher.

The women's track & field team led all squads with 24 honorees, followed by men's track & field (21), softball (15), baseball (12), men's basketball (11), women's basketball (6), women's golf (5), men's golf (4) and women's tennis (3).

In order to be selected to the Academic All-Summit League Team, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better grade-point average (GPA) in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility. In order to be named a Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 GPA.

Baseball (12)

Andy Harvey *

Jesse Hartle *

KC Sandstrom *

Joseph Karlik *

David Headley *

Justin Neubauer

Austin Hunt

Tyson Weber

Kevin Kline

Bradley Royer

Chase Rezac

Justin Neuhart

Men's Basketball (11)

Matthew Massey *

Matthew Gardner *

Brian Cameron *

Chris Nsenki *

Ramell Taylor *

Jaren Jeffrey

Damon Heuir

Jackson Stevenett

Jordan Johnson

Ray Jones Jr.

Wade Collie

Women's Basketball (6)

Danielle Norman *

Tayler Anderson *

Hailey Mandelko *

Carli Moreland

Torey Hill

Kimmiere Hawkins

Men's Golf (4)

Samuel Cole *

Tyler Hunt *

Jacob Holt *

Jeffrey Evans

Women's Golf (5)

Shantell Spackman *

Rosanna Pelletier *

Kaohi Loo *

Jamie Millard *

Brittany Edwards

Softball (15)

Danielle Axe *

Terysa Dyer *

Haylee Hoch *

Mallory Hyland-Wilkinson *

Heather Black *

Mikkel Griffin *

Ashley Ostler *

Samantha Parry *

Cora Cordova *

Katelyn Olinger *

Amber Marlett *

Ariel Morbeck

Madison Resley

Kelsey Bryant

Kadi Henderson

Women's Tennis (3)

Elizaveta Pleskan *

Afton Staheli

Aleksandra Ivanova

Men's Track & Field (21)

Kevin Robison *

Nathan Jewkes *

Kyle Kopp *

Kelly VanArsdol *

Ryan Barrus *

Wade Nielson *

John Hart *

Christopher Bringhurst *

Devan Antczak *

Jayson Matlock

Cameron Levins

Jonathan Lee

Preston Myers

Elijah Rono

Jeffrey Alley

Zane Hunzeker

Cody Olsen

Alexander Anderson

Clinton Rhoton

Daniel Keller

Christopher Johnson

Women's Track & Field (24)

Ashley Gray *

Sasha Russell *

Sylvia Bedford *

Jasmine Mullins *

Kirsten Bradford *

Kristen Nielson *

Madalyn Jones *

Janelle Beukers *

Whitney Curtis *

Dayna VanArsdol *

Cheyenne Thatcher *

Julia Boswell *

Michelle Alley *

Sarah Swalberg *

Kaylee Coates *

Jasmyn Hildebrandt *

Lesli Kinkade *

Jamie Smith *

Elizabeth Butler

Shayna Singleton

Whitney Fairbanks

Kayla Kovar

Danielle West

Diana Medina

* - denotes distinguished scholar

MCLA RECOGNIZES 4 GRIFFINS: The Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) named four members of the Westminster men's lacrosse team All-Americans, the national office announced. Gian Sexsmith, Jake Arthur, Matt Lambourne and Marshall Serzen were each recognized by the MCLA for their performance during the season.

Arthur was named a First Team All-American at midfield. The 6-foot junior from South Jordan, Utah finished the season with 53 goals and 12 assists. He was second on the team with goals and third in points with 65. He was fourth in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) in goals and sixth in points. Arthur is a first-time All-American and was also named to the MCLA All-Tournament Team after scoring eight goals at the national tournament.

Sexsmith was named to the first team at attack. The 5-10 senior from Stuart, Fla., was named an All-American for the consecutive season after receiving Honorable Mention recognition last season. He finished the year with a team-leading 59 goals and 92 points. Sexsmith was third in the RMLC in goals and second in points. He set new school records this season in goals and points.

Lambourne was named Honorable Mention All-American at defense. A 6-1 defender from Salt Lake City, Lambourne was named a Second Team All-American in 2010. He anchored a defense this season that allowed just 7.35 goals per game and only 20.3 shots per contest.

Serzen was also named Honorable Mention All-American as a faceoff specialist. A 6-foot senior from Sandy, Utah, Serzen won 72.9 percent of his 435 faceoffs during the season to set a new Griffin record. He also led the team by picking up 122 ground balls while adding five assists. Serzen was a First Team All-American in 2011 and was also an Honorable Mention in 2010.

With two members on the first team, Westminster has now had 11 players make that team in the six-year history of the program. They have had 26 players overall receive All-American recognition. The Griffins went 16-4 during the 2012 season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the MCLA National Championships for the sixth consecutive season.

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