BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Emily Turner (So., Bringham Lake, Minn.) and Connor Quinn (ILB, 6-1, 223, So-1L, Geneva, Ill.) have been tabbed as the inaugural Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week of 2013-14, after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week Sept. 2-8.
Turner didn’t waste any time getting her and the Bemidji State University cross country 2013 season going, as her time of 16 minutes and 49 seconds paced the field and guided the Beavers to a first place finish at the Greenwood Run Sept. 6. The event, hosted by BSU at Greenwood Golf Course, saw three different teams represented and 18 total individuals compete. The Beavers finished first with a team time of 1:29:46, to edge University of Wisconsin-Superior’s time of 1:30:47. Turner set her pace and never turned back, winning the event by 42 seconds.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of Turner’s BSU career.
Quinn totaled a team-best 10 tackles (nine solo), three of which were for loss (-6 yards), a sack (-1 yard) and a fumble recovery for a touchdown Sept. 5 as the Bemidji State football team rattled off 31 straight points to erase a 24-point halftime deficit and gain a 34-27 overtime victory at Winona State. He also added a pass break-up. The fumble recovery was the fourth of his career, while the touchdown was his first.
The Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week also marks the first of Quinn’s career.
For his efforts he was also named as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.
The BSU football team is set for its home opener Sept. 14, when Concordia University, St. Paul visits the new turf at Chet Anderson Stadium. The game serves as the annual Shrine Game, which includes an afternoon parade that leads to a tailgate party at Diamond Point Park prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff. Also, Bemidji State’s Eighth Annual Community Appreciation Day is set for Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m.
Next up for the BSU cross country team is the Randy Smith Invitational Sept. 13 in Glyndon, Minn. The starting gun is set for 5 p.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).