BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University student-athletes Ashley Larva (Sr., Floodwood, Minn.) and Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Fr., Little Falls, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of April 15-21.
Larva led the Bemidji State track and field team at the Central Open in Pella, Iowa Saturday earning top honors in two individual races, while aiding one of the Beavers' relay teams to an event title. Not only was she first to cross the finish line in the 100-meter hurdles, her time of 14.69 seconds shaved 0.14 from her own school record set last spring. In the 400-meter hurdles, she broke the tape in 1:05.26 to edge the field by nearly a second to again finish first. Larva also ran the third leg of BSU’s 4x100-meter relay team. The quartet of Tia Lindberg (Jr., Chisholm, Minn.), Sara Melom (Fr., Dawson, Minn.), Larva and Taylor Sautbine (Sr., Tamarack, Minn.) clocked a season-best time of 49.08 within 0.28 of the BSU standard in the event and finished first.
Larva’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of the senior’s season, while it stands as the fifth time a member of the BSU track and field team has been honored by the organization during the 2012-13 campaign. Larval follows Jessica Cagle (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.), who was selected for the award Jan. 23, and three-time recipient Sautbine, who was honored Feb. 13, 27 and April 10.
Hanowski batted .545 and scored seven runs April 20-21 in the BSU baseball team’s series split with Upper Iowa University. In 11 at bats he totaled six hits, drew a walk and didn't strikeout. The freshman posted a .545 slugging percentage, .583 on-base percentage and added six total bases. In the field he recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 15 putouts and three assists, while playing left field and both first and second base. In two victories Sunday, he went 6-for-8 with seven runs scored, while batting in the seventh spot in the lineup.
This week’s award also marks the first of the season for Hanowski, while it’s the third time a member of the BSU baseball team has been selected as a recipient for the weekly award. Hanowski follows teammate Lewis Baumann (SS, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who won the award March 20 and April 3.
The baseball team, now 14-16 overall and 5-9 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play, travels to Crookston, Minn. tomorrow (April 25) for a league doubleheader at University of Minnesota Crookston. The twinbill is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch at UMC Baseball Field.
The BSU outdoor track and field team has another busy weekend of competition. The team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the Viking Classic Saturday beginning at noon. Sunday members of the team will continue on to Aberdeen, S.D. to compete in the two-day 2013 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Multi-event Championships
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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).