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BYU Roundup: Lone Peak’s Woolston chooses Cougars

By Darnell Dickson - | Jun 23, 2022

Lone Peak junior Kailey Woolston shoots a layup during the 6A championship game against Fremont in the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, March 5, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)

New BYU women’s basketball coach Amber Whiting has pulled in a big-time local recruit.

Lone Peak Kailey Woolston, who led her team to an undefeated season and the 6A state title in 2022, has committed to the Cougars according to her social media with plans to join the program for the 2023-24 season, the Cougars first in the Big 12.

As a junior, the 5-foot-10 Woolston averaged 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as the Knights posted a 23-0 record. In the 6A state championship game against nationally ranked Fremont, Woolston scored 26 points in a 67-65 double overtime victory at the Marriott Center.

Woolston was the 6A Player of the Year and the Daily Herald’s Player of the Year as well. She has started every game since her freshman season playing for former Cougar Nancy (Seljaas) Warner and has made 128 3-pointers. For her career, she has converted 233 out of 247 free throws (94%).

Woolston also had offers from the University of Utah and Marquette, among others.

Mantz earns national academic honors

AUSTIN, Texas — BYU’s Conner Mantz was named to the CoSIDA NCAA Division I Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country 2021-22 Academic All-America® Team on Wednesday.

The annual honor roll, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, celebrates the nation’s best in student-athlete excellence on the track and in the classroom.

Mantz was previously named to the organization’s Academic All-District Team® on May 26 and advanced to the All-America ballot.

With Wednesday’s recognition, Mantz receives the program’s 11th all-time Academic All-American honor and becomes the first to be selected to the First Team since Miles Batty in 2012.

A native of Smithfield, Utah, Mantz graduated from BYU in April 2022 with a degree in mechanical engineering and achieved a 3.76 GPA during his prolific BYU career. The Sky View High School product repeated as Division I Men’s Cross Country National Champion in Nov. 2021. Mantz recorded top-10 finishes in each of his 22-career collegiate cross country meets, including 13 meet wins and nine straight to finish his time as a Cougar. Mantz also became the first BYU runner to win three individual conference championships.

Between indoor and outdoor track and field, Mantz was named an All-American six times (2018-2021). Following the conclusion of his BYU career in Nov. 2021, Mantz signed a professional contract with Nike Running and continues to compete with his sights set on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

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