LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Tylee Newman-Skinner was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, it was announced Tuesday by the NCAA.
“It is a big honor,” Newman-Skinner said. “I hope it is also an honor for Utah State and to the athletics department, which have both given me so much.”
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners receive a one-time grant of $7,500. To qualify, they must be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate studies within the next three years. In addition to maintaining at least a 3.2 grade-point average, they must perform with distinction in their sport and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative (FAR).
Newman-Skinner was the lone female representative from the Mountain West to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was one of two student-athletes from the Beehive State to be awarded a scholarship, joining Utah softball player Hannah Flippen.
“It is a tremendous honor for her and our program,” said Utah State head cross country coach Artie Gulden, who coaches the distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. “To be able to coach kids who excel in such a way to be recognized by the NCAA in this fashion is quite an honor. Tylee is a true student-athlete excelling in all aspects of her life.”
On the men’s side, Fresno State baseball player Nicholas Warren was the lone recipient from a Mountain West institution.
Newman-Skinner graduated in May with a degree in special education. She has one more year of eligibility left in cross country and will begin working on a new major, pre-physical therapy. She plans to start work on her master’s degree in occupational therapy in August of 2019.
Newman-Skinner is an eight-time academic all-Mountain West recipient in cross country and track & field. She has also garnered MW Scholar-Athlete accolades on five separate occasions.
The native of Monteview, Idaho, recently concluded her USU track & field career by competing in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, where she placed 34th in the first round of the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 28.98 seconds.
Newman-Skinner was one of a school-record 22 student-athletes that competed in 25 events at the NCAA West Prelims, which were held May 24-26 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif. She qualified for the 1,500 meters by placing third in the event with a school-record time of 4:23.99, set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.
That was the second school record Newman-Skinner broke during the 2018 outdoor season. She took over the top spot in the 3,000-meter run, as well, after running it in 9:33.02 at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Collegiate Classic on March 17. The old mark of 9:40.52 was set by current teammate Kashley Carter in 2016. In fact, Newman-Skinner was not even ranked in the top-10 entering the outdoor season.
Newman-Skinner’s name is scattered all over the USU indoor record book, too. After all, she ranks third all-time in the mile run (4:47.97), sixth in the 3,000 meters (9:44.61), seventh in the distance medley relay (11:57.22) and 10th in the 800 meters (2:13.34).
In the fall of 2017, she was a big reason why Utah State qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in school history. The Aggies were ranked 19th in the nation heading into the championships, but finished 14th with 395 points in the six-kilometer race. Newman-Skinner completed the race in a time of 21:44.88.
Newman-Skinner has accumulated a long list of accolades during her time at Utah State. She earned all-region cross country honors by placing 19th with a time of 20:39.0 at the 2017 NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, and has picked up a pair of first-team all-Mountain West honors in the 1,500 meters. On top of that, Newman-Skinner has garnered MW Scholar-Athlete accolades four times and academic all-league honors three times.
The eight-time letterwinner in cross country and track & field at West Jefferson High School in Terreton, Idaho, joined the Aggies in 2012-13, where she earned a trio of first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors.
Newman-Skinner then put her athletic and school career on hold as she served an LDS Church mission in Jackson, Miss., from 2013-14.