Three USU Track & Field Athletes Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Accolades

LOGAN, Utah – Three Utah State track and field student-athletes were recognized with second-team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ESPN The Magazine Academic all-District accolades for District 8. Seniors Tyler Ellis and Ashley Johnson along with junior Steve Strickland were honored for their performance in the classroom as well as in competition. Ellis, who is from San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo HS), has a 3.90 GPA majoring in pre-physical therapy. Ellis tied for 10th in the shot put and was 11th in the hammer at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Johnson is a Paradise, Utah (Mountain Crest HS) native, with a 3.76 graduate GPA as a health, physical therapy and recreation major. Johnson earned second-team all-WAC honors by finishing fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the WAC Championships. Johnson was also ninth in the 5,000m run. Strickland, an Orem, Utah (Mountain View HS), native, is majoring in Spanish with a 3.46 GPA. He was WAC Champion in the 3,000m steeplechase for the second-straight season and added the 5,000m run title this year. Strickland was second in the steeplechase at the NCAA West Regional Championships last weekend, earning a trip the NCAA National Championships. Strickland will be joined by USU teammates senior sprinter Nick Karren and senior high jumper Casey Parker in heading to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, Wednesday-Saturday, June 10-13 at Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by the University of Arkansas. -USU-

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