USU athletics: 45 Aggie student-athletes receive winter academic all-WAC honors

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 6:58 p.m. MDT

The Western Athletic Conference announced its winter all-academic teams Thursday, and Utah State had 45 student-athletes recognized from gymnastics, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

Of its 45 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 18 student-athletes from women’s indoor track honored and 15 from men’s indoor track, along with five from both gymnastics and women’s basketball, and two from men’s basketball.

Utah State led the WAC with its 45 all-academic honorees, while Denver was second with its 43 honorees. Seattle was third with 42 academic all-WAC performers, followed by New Mexico State (37), Idaho (30), UTSA (25), Texas State (19), San Jose State (17), UT Arlington (16) and Louisiana Tech (5).

USU’s 15 men’s track honors were the most in its sport in the WAC, while women’s basketball tied for first with its five honorees. Women’s track ranked second with its 18 academic all-WAC recipients.

Highlighting Utah State’s honorees is senior track athlete Stephanie Burt, who has now earned academic all-WAC honors eight times in her career, while fellow track athletes Hollie Bosworth and Kyle McKenna each earned their seventh academic all-WAC honor and track athlete Tyler Killpack earned his sixth academic all-WAC honor.

Student-athletes who are earning academic all-WAC honors for the fifth time include track athletes Brittany Bushman, Keeley Eldredge, Kylie Hirschi and Eric Shellhorn. USU student-athletes earning their fourth all-WAC honor include track athletes Bri Campbell, Sam Hawkins, Silas Pimentel and Ashley Robison, and women’s basketball players Pualei Furtado and Jenna Johnson. Three-time honorees include women’s basketball player Jennifer Schlott, gymnasts Paige Jones and Christina Nye, and track athletes Nic Bowens, Laycee Elliott, McKenzie Johnson, Chris Martinez, Dan Mosman, CJ O’Neal and Cree Phillips Taylor.

Of the 45 USU student-athletes to earn winter academic all-WAC honors, 35 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for the winter academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

Winter academic all-WAC honorees

Gymnastics

Kaitlyn Betts, So., Business, 3.64

Paige Jones, Jr., English, 3.44

Sarah Landes, So., Exercise Science, 3.88

Susie Miller, So., Psychology, 3.37

Christina Nye, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.37

Men’s basketball

Ben Clifford, So., Marketing, 3.10

Jordan Stone, So., 3.21

Women’s basketball

Pualei Furtado, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.41

Jenna Johnson, Sr., Elementary Education, 3.48

Addison Moore, Fr., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences, 3.10

Elise Nelson, So., Exercise Science, 3.66

Jennifer Schlott, Jr., Marketing, 3.45

Men’s indoor track

Nic Bowens, So., Civil Engineering, 3.80

Michael Cardinal, So., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences, 3.50

Tom Derr, So., Environmental Studies, 3.61

Sam Hawkins, Sr., Biological Engineering, 3.20

Kade Jensen, So., Family, Consumer & Human Development, 3.23

Tyler Killpack, Gr., Masters of Business Administration, 3.64

Chris Martinez, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.73

Kyle McKenna, Sr., Music, 3.98

Dan Mosman, So., Finance, 3.61

CJ O’Neal, Jr., Marketing, 3.67

Briton Page, So., Political Science, 3.15

Silas Pimentel, Jr., Physical Therapy, 3.49

Drew Povey, So., Agribusiness, 3.10

Eric Shellhorn, So., Civil Engineering, 3.75

Kalon Weston, So., Health Education Promotions, 3.20

Women’s indoor track

Abby Andrews, So., Journalism, 3.23

Aubriann Bosen, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.27

Hollie Bosworth, Sr., Family Consumer Science Education, 3.56

Stephanie Burt, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.10

Brittany Bushman, So., Exercise Science, 3.50

Bri Campbell, Sr., Accounting, 3.97

Keeley Eldredge, Jr., History Teaching, 3.12

Laycee Elliott, So., Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences, 3.82

Kylie Hirschi, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.65

McKenzie Johnson, So., Exercise Science, 3.55

Daphne Jones, Jr., Psychology, 3.07

Julia Klingler, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.42

Rachel Orr, So., Exercise Science, 3.39

Ashley Robison, Jr., Family Consumer & Human Development, 3.36

Cree Phillips Taylor, So., English Teaching, 3.89

Mariah Thompson, So., Health Education, 3.51

Dana Wareham, So., Health Education, 3.24

Jodi Williams, So., Exercise Science, 4.00

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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