Mountain West Conference Announces Academic Honorees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West Conference has announced the Academic All-Mountain West Conference honorees in the sport of women's cross country. To be eligible for the honor the student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and be a significant contributor on the team.

Forty-seven student-athletes qualified for the academic all-conference team in women's cross country, tied with last year. BYU had the most honorees with 10, San Diego State had nine, and New Mexico had six, followed by Air Force, Utah and Wyoming with five each. Colorado State garnered four and UNLV had three.

Thirty-one of the academic honorees are in action this Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 at the MWC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Air Force Academy. They are specified by an (*) below.

Following is a list of Academic All-Conference selections in women's cross country, grouped alphabetically by school.

Academic All-Mountain West Conference

(listed as name, class, gpa, major)

Air Force Academy

*Elissa Ballas, Sophomore, 3.82, Biochemistry

*Anne Chumlea, Freshman, 3.69, Undeclared

*Tracy Denaro, Sophomore, 3.68, Biochemistry

*Jean Taylor, Freshman, 3.58, Undeclared

*Dalia Wenckus, Senior, 3.60, English


Amy Bair, Sophomore, 4.00, Undeclared

*Sarah Ellett, Brigham Young University, Sophomore, 3.07, English Teaching

*Tara Haynes, Senior, 3.36, Piano Performance

*Katie Martin, Sophomore, 3.59, Undeclared

*Tara Northcutt, Junior, 3.60, Health Sciences

*Jaime Philburn, Sophomore, 3.25, Biology Composite Teaching

*Sherida Rogers, Junior, 3.44, Home Economics Education

*Sharolyn Shields, Senior, 3.85, Fitness & Wellness Mgmt.

*Melanie Steere, Senior, 3.91, Dietetics

*Lindsey Thomsen, Sophomore, 3.56, Physical Education Teaching

Colorado State University

Erin Cunningham, Graduate, 3.18, Speech Communications

*Marget Larson, Senior, 3.88, Soil & Crop Sciences

*Christy Virgin, Senior, 3.69, Animal Sciences

*Kathryn Yemm, Sophomore, 3.13, Undeclared

University of New Mexico

*Kimberly Baca, Junior, 3.44, Communications

*Sarah Gonzales, Freshman, 3.58, Undeclared

*Crystal Lomax, Freshman, 3.81, Undeclared

Jackie Morgan, Junior, 3.80, History

Ashley Othick, Senior, 3.69, Biology

*Hannah Radzinski, Sophomore, 3.30, General Management

San Diego State University

Allison Brown, Freshman, 3.42, Business

Lanele Cox, Sophomore, 3.08, Undeclared

Erin Duterte, Freshman, 3.88, Psychology

Kylie Edwards, Sophomore, 3.20, Kinesiology

Meriah Earle, Senior, 3.49, Biology

Julianne Ghiglieri, Junior, 3.02, Liberal Studies

Maria Moreno-Pardo, Senior, 3.05, Social Science

Jennifer Stakiw, Sophomore, 3.75, Business

Amanda Vielbaum, Junior, 3.44, Kinesiology


*Katie Barto, Senior, 3.06, Biology

Candace Happ-Rausch, Freshman, 3.06, Nursing

Ajai Moreno, Sophomore, 3.20, Communications

University of Utah

*Trina Bateman, Sophomore, 3.41, Elementary Education

*Charity Catmull, Freshman, 3.93, Business

*Neillie Hammons, Freshman, 3.10, Undeclared

Ashley Lawrence, Junior, 4.00, Nursing

*Jennifer Osguthorpe, Sophomore, 3.10, Nursing

University of Wyoming

*Stephanie Hanks, Sophomore, 3.18, Undeclared

*Leslie Jackson, Sophomore, 3.33, Dental Hygiene

*Tara LeMay, Junior, 3.58, Geology

*Jennifer Mansell, Freshman, 3.79, Undeclared

*Jennifer Vessa, Sophomore, 3.28, Chemistry