Three Gators recognized with Gator of the Week Honors


Gator Jiday Ugbaja shoots the ball with Penguin Ezra Talbert trying to block him at the men’s basketball game against the Penguins on Nov. 10, 2018. Penguin Ryan Hiepler and Gator Kenny Macklin are pictured to the right. (Francisca Velasco/Golden Gate Xpress)

A trio of Gators were awarded Gator of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 28, after a victory-filled weekend for SF State, the athletic department announced on Monday.

Senior Alexis Henry, graduate Jiday Ugbaja and freshman Brylynn Vallejos helped Gators athletics to a flawless week of softball and men’s basketball, while women’s track and field continued its dominant season.

Henry ran her way to the second-fastest time in the nation, as well as a program record, at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic last weekend, Feb. 1-2, blazing with a 23.98 second time in the 200-meter. Henry finished top-seven overall at the 200-meter event, competing against Division I athletes. This is Henry’s second Gator of the Week honor of the calendar year, with the previous coming on Jan. 14.

Graduate guard Ugbaja was key in SF State basketball’s two-game sweep this past week, averaging 16.5 points a game over the two-game span, highlighted by a 20-point explosion over California State Los Angeles Golden Eagles. This is Ugbaja’s first Gator of the Week recognition during his time at SF State.

Utility player Vallejos was a marksman for Gators softball over the weekend, blasting off with a .727 average to start the season. Vallejos performance helped lift the young Gators softball squad to a pristine 3-0 start to the season.