July 9, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Forty-eight University of Wyoming student-athletes earned accolades from the Mountain West on Tuesday, as the conference announced its MW Scholar-Athlete awards for the 2013-14 academic year.
The MW Scholar-Athlete award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. It is given each year to student-athletes who have completed at least two academic terms at a member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and participated in at least one varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
UW women's cross country and track set the high mark with 14 honorees, followed by women's swimming and diving with nine, women's soccer with eight, volleyball with five, men's track and cross country with four, football with three, women's golf and men's golf each with two and women's tennis with one.
Wyoming's honorees were made up of 14 freshmen, 10 sophomores, seven juniors, 15 seniors and two graduate students.
New Mexico led the league with 117 representatives, followed by Utah State (82), Boise State (81), Colorado State (63), UNLV (52), Fresno State (50), Wyoming and Nevada (48 each), San José State (43), San Diego State (33), Air Force (29) and Hawai'i with five.
A league-record 651 student-athletes were honored, including 50 individuals who have achieved a 4.00 or higher cumulative grade point average over two or more terms, and 85 student-athletes who were recognized in multiple sports. The 651 honorees surpass the previous Conference high of 632 in 2012-13.