47 Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Mountain West Honors

Feb. 21, 2017

Colorado Springs, Colo.—Forty-seven (47) San José State University student-athletes from five sports were named to the Fall 2016 Academic All-Mountain West team.

Five Spartan student-athletes received their fourth Academic All-MW honor – Ben Branagh (men’s cross country), Karina Nunes (women’s cross country), Tim Crawley (football), Evan Sarver (football) and Alexis Venegas (women’s soccer). 

Seven students-athletes received honors for the third time in their career, while 16 Spartans earned Academic All-MW recognition for the second year. Nineteen (19) achieved the recognition for the first time in their career.

Spartan football led the list with 19 players honored, an all-time high for the program. Women’s soccer followed closely with 13, followed by volleyball at seven, men’s cross country at five and women’s cross country with three.

To earn Academic All-Mountain West recognition, a student-athlete must complete at least one semester, maintain a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average and participate in at least 50 percent of the contests for the season.



A league-record 614 student-athletes have been named to the fall 2016 Academic All-MW team. Sports recognized include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

San José State University Honorees

Men’s Cross Country (5)

**** Ben Branagh SR Sociology
*** Craig Huff JR Computer Science
Evaristo Mateo FR Undeclared
** Jose Piña SO Civil Engineering
** Raul Rodarte SR Communication Studies

Women’s Cross Country (3)

**** Karina Nunes SR Psychology
Jennifer Sandoval Fr Kinesiology
** Jeanette Zambrano SO Mathematics

Football (19)

** Mark Amann SR Business Administration/General Business
Dominic Barnes SR Communication Studies
Trevon Bierria FR Environmental Studies
Bryce Crawford SO Communication Studies
**** Tim Crawley GRAD Interdisciplinary Studies
Noah Failauga FR Undeclared
Brett Foley FR Business Administration/Marketing
** Frank Ginda SO Communication Studies
*** Chris Gonzalez JR Communication Studies
** Chandler Hawkins SO Kinesiology
Josh Love FR Business Administration/Management
** Alex Manigo SR Business Administration/Mgmt Information Systems
** Josh Oliver SO Undeclared
William Ossai JR Sociology
Jesse Osuna FR Undeclared
** Malik Roberson SO Justice Studies
**** Evan Sarver SR Mechanical Engineering
*** Nate Velichko JR Kinesiology
James Workman FR Engineering

Women’s Soccer (13)

Yaritza Arista JR Nutrition Science
*** Claire Berkley SR Business Administration/Management
Ana Calero FR Political Science
Yvette Cuellar JR Psychology
Courtney Elterman SO Undeclared
** Darriell Franklin SO Undeclared
*** Dorthe Hoppius JR Justice Studies
Carlie James FR Graphic Design
** Aliyah Jones JR Kinesiology
** Sabrina Miller JR Business Administration/Marketing
Samantha Orodpour SR Communication Studies
**** Alexis Venegas SR Chemical Engineering
*** Myia Wilkes JR Biological Science/Systems Physiology

Volleyball (7)

** Luiza Andrade SO Advertising
** Summer Avery SO Kinesiology
Thaliana Grajeda FR Biological Science/Systems Physiology
*** Jamie Hirai JR Business Administration/Accounting
** Julie Sam SR Hospitality, Tourism & Event Management
** Hana Tresnáková SO Communication Studies
Kaitlynn Zdroik FR Undeclared

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