USU athletics: Aggies have 52 student-athletes receive fall academic all-WAC honors

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9 2013 12:04 p.m. MST

The Western Athletic Conference announced its fall all-academic teams Tuesday. Utah State had 52 student-athletes recognized from the sports of cross-country, football, soccer and volleyball to rank second in the WAC.

Of its 52 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 18 student-athletes from football honored, along with 11 from soccer, eight from both women’s cross-country and volleyball, and seven from men’s cross-country. Football’s 18 honorees were tied for the most in the conference in that sport, while volleyball’s eight selections were second.

New Mexico State led the WAC with 58 all-academic honorees, and Utah State was second with its 52 honorees. Seattle was third with 41 academic all-WAC performers, followed by San Jose State (38), Texas State (35), Idaho (34), UTSA (33), Denver (26), Louisiana Tech (23) and UT Arlington (6).

Senior Ruth Hilton, who competes in cross-country and both indoor and outdoor track for Utah State, has now earned academic all-WAC honors 10 times in her career, including three times in cross-country. Fellow senior cross-country/track athlete Stephanie Burt has now earned academic all-conference honors seven times, including three times in cross country, while senior cross-country/track athlete Kaylee Campbell earned her seventh academic all-WAC honor and her third in cross-country. Junior cross-country/track athlete Kyle McKenna also earned his seventh academic all-WAC honor this fall, including his second in cross-country.

Student-athletes who are earning academic all-WAC honors for the fourth time include track athletes David Cluff, Eric Shellhorn and Brittany Bushman; and football player Kellen Bartlett. Three-time honorees include track athlete Ashley Robison; soccer players Mari Miyashiro and Natalie Norris; volleyball players, Kassi Hargrove, Shay Sorensen and Josselyn White; and football players McKade Brady, Forrest Dabb, Jake Doughty, Jamie Markosian, Travis Reynolds, Eric Schultz and Brad Theurer.

Of the 52 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-WAC honors for Utah State, 38 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for the fall academic team, 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.

Fall Academic All-WAC Honorees

Football

Keegan Andersen, So., Exercise Science, 3.03

Matt Austin, Sr., Sociology, 3.11

Kellen Bartlett, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.03

Tyler Bennett, Sr., Sociology, 3.14

Jaron Bentrude, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.22

McKade Brady, Sr., Human Movement Science, 3.59

Forrest Dabb, Sr., Masters of Business Administration, 3.24

Jake Doughty, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.21

B.J. Larsen, Jr., Business, 3.04

Jamie Markosian, Jr., Civil Engineering, 3.29

Nate Needham, So., Human Movement Science, 3.77

Jordan Nielsen, R-Fr., Human Movement Science, 3.00

Michael Okonkwo, R-Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.70

Travis Reynolds, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.17

Eric Schultz, Jr., Human Movement Science, 3.06

Travis Seefeldt, R-Fr., Undeclared, 3.34

Brian Suite, So., Business Administration, 3.08

Brad Theurer, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.80

Soccer

Kylie Dibb, So., Human Movement Science, 3.67

Jennifer Flynn, Jr., Human Movement Science, 3.15

Shay Haddow, Jr., Human Movement Science, 3.71

Brooke Larson, So., Psychology, 3.57

Libby Lundquist, Jr., Family Consumer Science Education, 3.72

Mari Miyashiro, Jr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.09

Lexie Morgan, So., Human Movement Science, 3.90

Ashlyn Mulford, Sr., Art, 3.49

Natalie Norris, Sr., Nutrition and Food Sciences – Dietetics, 3.95

Kendra Pemberton, Jr., Accounting, 3.27

Taryn Rose, So., Human Movement Science, 3.83

Volleyball

Kassi Hargrove, Sr., Psychology, 3.37

Paige Neves, So., Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, 3.42

Rachel Orr, So., Human Movement Science, 3.38

Elle Brainard, R-Fr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.31

Ashlan Rogers, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.40

Shay Sorensen, Sr., Human Movement Science, 3.26

Kaitlyn VanHoff, So., Art, 3.53

Josselyn White, Sr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.73

Men’s Cross-Country

Mike Bills, So., Accounting, 3.92

David Cluff, Sr., Chemistry, 3.04

Tom Derr, So., Environmental Studies, 3.61

Kade Jensen, R-Fr., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.22

Chris Martinez, R-Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.72

Kyle McKenna, Jr., Music, 3.97

Eric Shellhorn, So., Civil Engineering, 3.74

Women’s Cross-Country

Stephanie Burt, Sr., Human Movement Science, 3.08

Brittany Bushman, So., Human Movement Science, 3.50

Kaylee Campbell, Sr., Social Work, 3.43

Ruth Hilton, Sr., Mathematics Education, 3.80

Kiana Lindmeir, R-Fr., Human Movement Science, 3.58

Ashley Robison, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.34

Lecy Skousen, So., Human Movement Science, 3.57

Nikki Woodring, R-Fr., Family Consumer Science Education, 3.45

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