A Record 64 UW Student-Athletes Earn Fall 2018 Academic All-Mountain West Honors

Aerial photos of Campus and War Memorial Stadium, during the University of Wyoming vs. Oregon football game

Laramie, WY (Feb. 27, 2019) — The Mountain West Conference announced its 2018 Fall Academic All-Mountain West team on Wednesday, and 64 University of Wyoming student-athletes earned the honor.  That set a new record for the University of Wyoming.  The previous record of 60 UW fall sport student-athletes to earn Academic All-MW honors was set in the fall of 2015 and the fall of 2016. 

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Wyoming’s 64 members on this year’s Academic All-Mountain West team ranked UW No. 3 among all Mountain West institutions for the 2018 fall semester.  Boise State (93) and New Mexico (71) were the only two conference schools that ranked ahead of Wyoming.  There were a record 703 student-athletes across the Mountain West fall sports to earn 2018 Academic All-Mountain West honors.

“We have so many outstanding students in our athletics program, and it makes me proud to see them achieve this honor,” said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director.  “The time and effort that our student-athletes dedicate to achieving at a high level academically is something that all Cowboy and Cowgirl fans can be proud of.  To see the positive trend over the past several years of more and more of our young men and women receiving academic awards is a testament to those young people, to our academic counseling staff and to the coaches who recruited them.  I want to congratulate each of our student-athletes who were named Academic All-Mountain West this week.”

UW’s honorees included 22 individuals from football, 17 from soccer, nine from volleyball, nine from women’s cross country and seven from men’s cross country.  There were 35 Cowgirls named to this year’s team and 29 Cowboys.             

To earn Academic All-Mountain West honors a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their team.

In addition to the 11 member schools who are full members of the Mountain West Conference, affiliate members Hawai’i (in football) and Colorado College (in women’s soccer) all had student-athletes named to this year’s team.

The five Mountain West Conference sponsored sports that make up the Fall Academic All-Mountain West Team are: men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.  The Mountain West also names an Academic All-Conference Team for winter and spring sports that is released later in the year.

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University of Wyoming Student-Athletes

To Earn Fall 2018 Academic All-Mountain West Conference Honors


Men’s Cross Country (7)

Michael Downey, Senior, Chemical Engineering

Chris Henry, Junior, Molecular Biology, Physiology

Philip Henry, Freshman, Molecular Biology

Daniel Hintz, Junior, Economics, International Studies

Calum Kepler, Senior, Criminal Justice

Paul Roberts, Junior, Mathematics/Science, Civil Engineering

Jerald Taylor, Sophomore, Agricultural Business


Women’s Cross Country (9)

Kaylee Bentley, Freshman, Nursing

Kacey Doner, Junior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Addi Iken, Freshman, Nursing

Kiah Leonard, Senior, Nursing

Katelyn Mitchem, Freshman, Environmental Systems Science

Emily Person, Senior, Physiology

Solana Quistorff, Senior, Secondary Education, English

Michelle Renner, Freshman, Nursing

Regan VanDePol, Senior, Elementary Education

Football (22)

Jevon Bigelow, Freshman, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Keegan Cryder, Freshman, Civil Engineering

Ayden Eberhardt, Sophomore, Finance

Nico Evans, Senior, Communication

Youhanna Ghaifan, Junior, American Studies

Josiah Hall, Junior, Communication

Jesse Hooper, Freshman, Undeclared

Jahmari Moore, Sophomore, Secondary Education, Political Science

Chad Muma, Freshman, Mechanical Engineering

Adam Pilapil, Senior, Education

Cooper Rothe, Junior, Finance

Pahl Schwab, Junior, Management, Marketing

Jared Scott, Sophomore, Business

Nick Smith, Senior, Finance

Nick Szpor, Junior, Finance, Economics

Zach Thatcher, Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

Tyler Vander Waal, Freshman, Communication

Sidney Washington, Sophomore, Finance

Logan Wilson, Junior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Andrew Wingard, Senior, Management

Ben Wisdorf, Junior, Finance

Tim Zaleski, Sophomore, Finance

Women’s Soccer (17)

Indianna Asimus, Freshman, Animal and Veterinary Science

Taylor Burton, Senior, Elementary Education

Annika Clayton, Senior, International Studies

Jessie Gentle, Senior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Physical Education Teaching

Hannah Lee, Freshman, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Morgan McDougal, Senior, Civil Engineering, Sociology

Alyssa Murray, Senior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Sekoya Romero, Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Cristina Salazar, Junior, Criminal Justice

Kennedy Schomer, Freshman, Art

Brittney Stark, Junior, Elementary Education

Michaela Stark, Junior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Outdoor Recreation/Tourism Management

Summer Taube, Junior, Physiology, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Adalyn Vergara, Freshman, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management

Amber Vokoun, Freshman, Undeclared

Savannah Warner, Freshman, Health Science

Elle Webber, Sophomore, Physiology

Women’s Volleyball (9)

Cori Aafedt, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Jaiden Chase, Freshman, Undeclared

Madi Fields, Junior, Management

Marissa Hines, Freshman, Business

Emily Lewis, Senior, Business Economics

Halie McArdle, Junior, Biology, Physiology

Jackie McBride, Sophomore, Communication

Tara Traphagan, Junior, Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Faith Waitsman, Sophomore, Health Science

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