Meads, Dresser MWC Scholar Athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU men's basketball players Garner Meads and Mike Dresser have been named 2003-04 Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athletes for their academic excellence.

A conference-high 92 BYU student-athletes were named 2003-04 Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athletes. In all, the league recognized 424 scholar-athletes from its eight member schools for the 2003-04 year.

To be eligible for selection student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters or three quarters at the certifying institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have competed in at least one varsity contest in their respective sport.

Meads started 18 games as a redshirt freshman in 2003-04, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward achieved a 3.73 GPA as a pre management major.

Dresser played in five games as a walk-on freshman, averaging 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds in 2.4 minutes per game. A 6-foot-5 swingman, Dresser has a 3.90 GPA in excercise science.

After BYU's league-leading 92 MWC Scholar-Athletes, New Mexico placed 73 student-athletes on the list, followed by Utah (59), Wyoming (55), UNLV (44), Air Force (39), Colorado State (38) and San Diego State (24).

BYU's women's track and cross country had 22 MWC Scholar-Athletes. Other BYU teams with scholar-athletes included women's swimming and diving (13), men's track (12), men's swimming and diving (10), football (7), women's soccer (6), women's gymnastics (5), baseball (5), women's volleyball (3), women's basketball (2), men's volleyball (2), women's golf (1), women's softball (1) and men's tennis (1).

Along with their academic excellence, BYU student-athletes had success in their respective fields of competition in 2003-04. Cougar teams won nine league championships, including a conference-best eight MWC titles, while 15 teams advanced to NCAA play. Highlighted by men's volleyball capturing the NCAA title, BYU teams achieved 11 top-25 finishes in 2003-04, the most since the 1993-94 season.