Ian Martinez Named America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week


LOGAN, Utah – Utah State senior guard Ian Martinez has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, March 24. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
 
With its sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
 
The native Heredia, Costa Rica, led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 23 years as the eighth-seeded Aggies defeated ninth-seeded TCU 88-72, before a 106-67 loss to top-seeded Purdue in the second round.
 
Against the Horned Frogs, Martinez had a game-high 21 points, while adding four rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal.
 
Against the Boilermakers, he had 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
 
For the week, Martinez averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per game, while shooting 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the field, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from deep, and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) at the free throw line.  
 
Utah State ends its season with a 28-7 record, which is tied for the third-most wins in school history and is one of just six teams in school history to win 28 games. It was also just the second time since the 1970 season that USU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, joining the 2001 team.
 
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included: 
GOLF – Junior Esteban Jaramillo (Bogotá, Colombia) tied for 44th at the Arizona-hosted Thunderbirds Intercollegiate last week with a 12-over 228 (72-79-77). The Aggies, who finished 13th, posted a 54-hole team score of 51-over 915 (310-301-304) against the 14-team field.
 
GYMNASTICS – Senior Brianna Brooks (Las Vegas, Nevada) won the bars title with a season-high-tying 9.900 and finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 at the inaugural Mountain West Championships, hosted by USU last weekend. Utah State finished in second place with a season-high team score of 196.500, which was just .050 points shy of first place Boise State.
 
MEN’S TENNIS – Senior Bodin Zarkovic (Belgrade, Serbia) posted a combined 5-0 record last week as he helped Utah State to a 2-1 record at the Boise State-hosted Spring Fling last weekend with wins against Montana (4-0) and Idaho (4-0), and a loss to the Broncos (4-3) in the championship match. Against the Grizzlies, Zarkovic teamed with junior Sergi Micó Fenollar for a 6-3 win at the second doubles position as USU claimed the doubles point. His singles match at the No. 1 spot was left unfinished. Against the Vandals, he posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (7-6 (4), 6-1) and teamed with Fenollar for a 6-1 win at the second doubles position to help USU claim the doubles point. And against the Broncos, he posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (7-6 (5), 7-5) and teamed with Fenollar for a 6-4 win at the second position as USU won the doubles point.
 
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Niyati Kukreti (Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India) posted a combined 2-0 record last week as Utah State lost a pair of Mountain West matches at Colorado State (4-1) and at Wyoming (4-0). Against the Rams, Kukreti posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-1) and teamed with freshman Magdalena Nunez Pureco for a 6-2 win at the third doubles position. Against the Cowgirls, her matches at No. 6 singles and the third doubles position were both left unfinished.
 
SOFTBALL – Senior outfielder Ali Ashner (Phoenix, Arizona) helped Utah State to a 3-1 record last week as the Aggies opened the home portion of their schedule with a 6-4 win against Idaho State. USU then won two of three games against Mountain West-foe Boise State (W, 2-1, W, 9-1 (5), L, 13-1 (5)) for its first series win against the Broncos since 2017. Ashner began the week by going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double in the team’s win over ISU. She followed that by going 1-for-3 with a double and one run scored against BSU in game one, 1-for-3 with two runs scored against BSU in game two, and 1-for-1 with a double against the Broncos in game three. For the week, Ashner hit .500 (5-for-10) with three doubles, a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored. She also recorded nine putouts in left field.
 
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD – Junior Kelton Chenworth (North Edwards, California) won the men’s triple jump with a mark of 13.12 meters (43-0.5) and tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 1.85 meters (6-0.75) at the Utah Tech Invitational last weekend.
 
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD – Junior Adi Nielson (Oak City, Utah) won the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.83 and placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 56.29 at the Utah Tech Invitational last weekend. Nielson’s time in the 400 meters ranks eighth all-time in school history.
 
2023-24 America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 28 – Shelby Capllonch, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Adna Mehmedovic, Volleyball
Sept. 11 – Jaiden Francois, Football
Sept. 18 – Diera Walton, Soccer
Sept. 25 – Shelby Capllonch, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Bodin Zarkovic, Men’s Tennis
Oct. 9 – Cooper Legas, Football
Oct. 16 – Tatum Stall, Volleyball
Oct. 23 – Bodin Zarkovic, Men’s Tennis
Oct. 30 – Julio Arronte Sanchez, Golf
Nov. 6 – Whitney Lopez, Soccer
Nov. 13 – Tatum Stall, Volleyball
Nov. 20 – Cheyenne Stubbs, Women’s Basketball
Nov. 27 – Levi Williams, Football
Dec. 4 – Great Osobor, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 11 – Mason Falslev, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 18 – Ian Martinez, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 26 – Darius Brown II, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 8 – Great Osobor, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 16 – Great Osobor, Men’s Basketball

Jan. 22 – Logan Hammer, Men’s Track & Field

Jan. 29 – Landon Bott, Men’s Track & Field

Feb. 5 – Logan Hammer, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 12 – Mason Falslev, Men’s Basketball
Feb. 19 – Ariel Fifita, Softball

Feb. 26 – Brennan Benson, Men’s Track & Field
March 4 – Darius Brown II, Men’s Basketball
March 11 – Darius Brown II, Men’s Basketball
March 18 – Brianna Brooks, Gymnastics
March 25 – Ian Martinez, Men’s Basketball
 
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