Buerkle and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride’s weekly honors
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Buerkle and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride’s weekly honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and Lance Rongstad (Fr., G/F, Eleva, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 15-21.

Buerkle set a new Bemidji State indoor track and field record in the 200-meter dash Feb. 18 at the BSU Twilight.  Buerkle’s 200-meter record time of 25.26 shaved .18 from the standard she set Feb. 6, 2010 at the Ted Nelson Classic in Mankato, Minn.  It marks the third time this indoor season she has broken the school’s 200-meter mark and moves the junior to 15th on the NCAA Division II performance list. In addition she placed second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.36.  

Buerkle enters this weekend’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships ranked second in both the 200- and 400-meter races.

The award marks the third time of the 2009-10 campaign that Beaver Pride has honored Buerkle as its athlete of the week, while it stands as the fourth occasion a member of either of the BSU track and field teams has been recognized by the organization.  

Rongstad helped guide the BSU men’s basketball team to a pair of victories last week defeating Finlandia University 99-67 in nonconference play before edging Winona State University 88-86 to complete a season-sweep of the Warriors for the first time since the 2003-04 season. He finished the week averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 28.5 minutes per contest. After a 12-point six-rebound game versus Finlandia, he scored a career-high 29 points versus Winona State Saturday.  In the game he shot 7-of-12 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 13-of-15 from the free throw line, establishing career-highs in both free throws made and attempted. During the final 2:31, Rongstad hit 10-of-12 free throws, had a steal and an offensive rebound off a missed free throw to keep the ball on BSU’s end when the score was 87-85 and only four seconds on the clock. He added seven rebounds and two blocks, in 37 minutes.  

BSU is currently on a four-game winning streak. During that streak, Rongstad is averaging 20.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, shooting 52.2 percent.

The Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the first of Rongstad’s career and marks the fourth time this season a BSU men’s basketball player has been selected for the award.  Rongstad follows two-time winner Seth Haake (Sr., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Bryce Tesdahl (So., G, Crosby, Minn.)

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action this weekend when they travel to Mankato, Minn. and the Myers Fieldhouse for the 2010 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Bemidji State men’s basketball (11-14; 7-11 NSIC) wraps up the 2009-10 regular-season with a pair of road trips this week.  BSU travels to Duluth, Minn. to battle University of Minnesota Duluth tonight (Wed.) at 8 p.m. and is slated to make the trip to Wayne, Neb. Saturday for a 6 p.m. match up with Wayne State College.