2016-17 Review: Individual Awards

July 21, 2017

Boise State Athletics enjoyed a banner year during the 2016-17 season, winning five conference team championships and finishing No. 71 in the Learfield Directors' Cup. It is the fourth consecutive top-75 finish for the Broncos and the school's 11th in the 24-year history of the award. Boise State also racked up 26 individual conference title, three athletes of the year and 12 All-America honors. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series concludes with individual award announcements.

Boise State Athletics is honoring the male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the three pillars of what it means to Bleed Blue: Excellence, Culture and Community. The Broncos who best represented Boise State during the 2016-17 academic year in athletics, academics and community service will be honored. Stay tuned throughout the day as winners in each category are announced on this page and on Twitter @BroncoSports.

Boise State Athletes of the Year

Female: Allie Ostrander is the Boise State Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. Ostrander claimed her first national championship with a victory in the steeplechase at this year's NCAA outdoor track and field championships. She added All-America distinction in the five thousand meters and was the Mountain West champion in the ten thousand.

Male: Yusuke Uchikoshi is the Boise State Male Athlete of the Year. Uchikoshi was a two-time Mountain West champion this year, winning the individual crown at the cross country championships and taking home the top spot in the steeplechase at the outdoor track championships. A junior from Japan, Uchikoshi earned All-America honors with an 18th place finish at the NCAA cross country championships, the second best finish in program history.

Boise State Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Female: Brittany Aoyama is the Boise State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Aoyama concluded an illustrious swimming career this season and earned her degree in health science. In the pool she won six event titles at the 2017 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships, led the Broncos to the conference team championship and earned All-America honors as part of Boise State's 200 freestyle relay. Aoyama won 13 conference titles in her career and graduated with a 3.96 GPA, earning second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a senior.

Male: Mason Hampton is the Boise State Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hampton started 11 games at center for Boise State's football team and was named CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. A three-time Mountain West All-Academic recipient, Hampton carries a 3.96 GPA as he works toward a degree in accounting. The Meridian, Idaho, native is the fifth Bronco football player in program history to earn first-team Academic All-America recognition.

Broncos In The Community Individual Award Winners

Female: Isabelle Butler is the Broncos In The Community Individual Award winner on the female side. Butler, a freshman softball student-athlete, logged a department-best 76 hours of community service during the past academic year. She made an impact at 23 events hosted by various organizations around the Treasure Valley. Butler is a Boise native, and sets the tone for giving back to her community. Butler led the way for the Bronco softball team which led all Boise State teams in community service hours and impact this past year, contributing more than 993 hours of community service.

Male: Donte Harrington is the Broncos In The Community Individual Award winner on the male side. Harrington redshirted this past year as a member of the Boise State football team. The San Clemente, California, native attended 14 community service events and totaled more than 22 hours over the course of the last academic year.

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