BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University student-athletes Taylor Sautbine (Sr., Tamarack, Minn.) and Dermaine Crockrell (G, 6-1, 165, Sr., Mesa, Ariz.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 4-10.
Sautbine turned in a 3,134-point performance in the pentathlon Sunday to claim sixth place and earn three team points at the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Multi-Event Championships at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn. A first-place finish in the shot put and fourth-place result in the 60-meter hurdles buoyed the senior’s total score. Sautbine recorded a 35-11.25 in the shot put to out distance the field by nearly five inches, while her time of 9.27 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles was just .32 off the pace set by the eventual champion Chanel Miller of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Sautbine's performance in the five-event contest stands as the best in BSU history, surpassing Caesare Stimson's school-record of 3,098 set in 2004.
Sautbine’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the second of the senior’s indoor season, while it stands as the third time a member of the track and field team has been honored by the organization during the 2012-13 campaign. Sautbine was also selected for the honor Dec. 12.
Crockrell scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half of an 82-74 road upset of No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday. He shot 11-for-22 (50%) from the field, 4-for-8 (50%) from 3-point land and went a perfect 3-for-3 from the line in the game, while leading the team in rebounds with eight and adding five assists and two steals. On the 1-1 NSIC road weekend, the senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He went 9-for-10 from the line and totaled three steals in 35.5 minutes per game.
Averaging 14.1 points per game this season, and 14.7 points per league contest, Crockrell leads the team in scoring. He also ranks fourth on the team posting 3.8 rebounds per contest and is the team’s leader with 67 assists.
This week’s award marks the first of the season for the Crockrell and the eighth for a member of the BSU men’s basketball team. He follows Lance Rongstad (Feb. 6 and Jan. 23), Mason Walters (Dec. 12, Jan. 16 and Jan. 30) and Zach Noreen (Nov. 21 and Dec. 5).
The BSU men’s basketball team, now 12-10 overall and 10-8 in NSIC play, is back in action next weekend as it hits the road to wrap up a four-game road swing with a pair of conference contests. The Beavers will be at Minot State University, Mankato Friday and at University of Mary Saturday.
The BSU track and field team will host the BSU Twilight Thursday at the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center beginning at 4 p.m. After a week off, the team will complete the indoor season by competing in the NSIC Championships Feb. 22-23 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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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).