Joseph Hovey | Posted: 11 Aug 2021 | Updated: 21 Sep 2021

WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll recognizes men's cross country athletes

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BYU men's cross country

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Thirty-six athletes from the BYU men’s and women’s cross country programs were featured on the West Coast Conference 2020-21 Commissioner’s Honor Roll when it was announced on Wednesday.

Each year the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student athletes who have excelled in balancing the demands of sport and academia. Athletes are named to gold, silver or bronze honors based on their cumulative GPA.

Seventeen BYU cross country athletes earned GPAs of 3.75 or greater and garnered gold honors. Another twelve athletes received silver honors with seven named to the bronze list.

McKay Johns of BYU men’s cross country posted the highest GPA on the team with a 4.00 cumulative mark as an accounting major. Meri Dunford and Jenna Fitzsimmons achieved the highest academic marks for BYU women’s cross country as each received gold honors for their 4.00s.

A total of 163 BYU student athletes from twelve teams were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

BYU men’s and women’s cross country is set to begin the 2021 season by hosting the Autumn Classic at East Bay Golf Course in Provo, Utah on Saturday, Sep. 11.

BYU men's cross country on the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Name Class Major GPA
Gold Honors  
McKay Johns So. Accounting 4.00
Zack Ericksen So. Finance 3.97
Matt Owens Sr. Exercise & Wellness 3.97
Lucas Bons Fr. Mechanical Engineering 3.88
Aidan Troutner Fr. Open-Major 3.87
Aaron Leavens Fr. Pre-Business 3.80
Casey Clinger So. Pre-Business 3.79
Conner Mantz Jr. Mechanical Engineering 3.75
Silver Honors  
Haden Penrod So. Biological Science Education Premajor 3.66
William Handley Jr. Social Science Teaching 3.66
Easton Allred Fr. Neuroscience 3.61
Elijah Armstrong Sr. Communications Studies 3.56
Bronze Honors  
Garrett Marsing Sr. Exercise Science 3.44
Adam Haynes So. Pre-Business 3.27
Stetson Moss Fr. Pre-Business 3.21

BYU women's cross country on the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Name Class Major GPA
Gold Honors  
Meri Dunford Fr. Mathematics Education 4.00
Jenna Fitzsimmons Fr. Biochemistry 4.00
McKenna Lee Hansen Jr. Strategic Management 3.99
Caroline McLeskey Fr. Biochemistry 3.97
Sophie Lasswell Jr. Sociology 3.89
Taysia Davis-Carrizales So. Microbiology  3.86
Amanda Erickson Sr. Exercise Science 3.85
Simone Plourde Fr. Neuroscience 3.84
Rachel Morrin Jr. Exercise & Wellness 3.83
Silver Honors  
Claire Seymour Jr. Exercise Science 3.74
Haley Johnston Jr. Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation 3.70
Alena Ellsworth Jr. Nursing; Exercise & Wellness 3.63
Kaela Cleary Jr. Communications 3.58
Kate Hunter Sr. Exercise Science 3.57
Alissa Fielding Jr. Exercise & Wellness 3.54
Rachel Fitt Fr. Mechanical Engineering 3.54
Bronze Honors  
Kaylee Thompson So. Exercise Science 3.47
Anna Martin Fr. Open-Major 3.47
Sadie Sargent Jr. Psychology 3.18
Heather Hanson Jr. Exercise Science 3.09