Buerkle and Read garner Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week honors
Thursday, March 19, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University's Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) and Matt Read (Ilderton, Ontario) have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances from February Mar. 9-15.

Buerkle performed well on collegiate track and field's biggest stage. The sophomore placed seventh in the 400-meter dash at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and field Indoor Championships Mar. 13-14 in Houston, Texas. Seeded ninth entering the championships, Buerkle qualified for the finals with a time of 57.25 and crossed the finish line in 57.06 the following day to attain All-America honors.

The time was just three-one-hundredths off of her own school record pace in the 400-meters and stood as her first All-America honor.

Read capped a four-goal weekend with a game-winning goal 8:05 into overtime to capture the 2009 College Hockey America Tournament title and send the Bemidji State men's ice hockey team to the NCAA Tournament.

The sophomore posted the first two-goal game of his career in Friday's semifinal win over University of Alabama-Huntsville getting the Beavers on the board early and adding an empty-net goal in the closing minutes to cement the4-1 victory. In the championship game, the native of Ilderton, Ontario gave BSU its first lead of the game on a second period even-strength goal and netted the game-winner to secure a 3-2 win over Robert Morris just over eight minutes into the sudden death frame.

For his efforts, Read was named to the All-Tournament Team and was selected 2009 CHA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

The NCAA Championships capped a successful season for Buerkle and the BSU indoor track and field teams. Buerkle posted BSU records in the 200-, 300- and 400-meter dash events while the women's team finished 10th at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The team is already preparing for the outdoor season which gets underway with April 4 when it travels to St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the Hamline Invitational.

The Bemidji State men's ice hockey team is currently awaiting its NCAA fate. Automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament, the 18-15-1 Beavers will find out their regional semifinal opponent and location Sunday when ESPN2 airs the 2009 NCAA Hockey Selection Show broadcast live at 10:30 a.m.