Buerkle and Read garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Buerkle and Read garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) and Matt Read (Sr., F, 5-10, Ilderton, Ontario) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic accomplishments during the week of March 7-13.

Buerkle finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 12 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. After qualifying for the 400-meter dash final with the sixth-fastest preliminary time, she dashed across the finish line in 55.36 - turning in the fifth-fastest time overall and garnering All-America honors for finishing in the top eight. The senior shaved 0.42 off her prelim time, while she was unable to match her season-best effort (54.92). The senior earned her fifth career All-America accolade in the 400-meter dash with the finish, having collected the award for the third time at the indoor championships. She also competed in the 200-meter dash, but was unable to qualify for the finals.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the fourth of the 2010-11 season for Buekle and the women’s track and field team and also represents an unprecedented 16th award of her career.

Read played a key role in the Beavers’ inaugural berth into the Red Baron WCHA Final Five scoring three of the team’s six goals in a best-of-three league playoff series against nationally-ranked University of Nebraska-Omaha. Read contributed a goal in BSU’s 4-2 series-opening victory before recording his team-leading 10th multi-point effort of the season in the series finale. The senior potted a pair of goals, which included his third game-winning goal of the season. His two goals in Saturday’s contest gave him a career-high 21 goals on the season.

The Beaver Pride weekly award marks the second of the season for Read (Nov. 17) and sixth of his career. The award is the seventh for the men’s hockey team in 2010-11. He joins Jordan George (Nov. 10), Dan Bakala (Dec. 8 and Feb. 9), Sam Rendle (Jan. 6) and Aaron McLeod (March 9) as recipients this season.

Making its first Red Baron WCHA Final Five appearance, Read and the 14-17-5 Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team opens play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. as the No. 6 seed and will face University of Minnesota Duluth (21-13-2), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Thursday a 3:37 p.m. The winner of game one advances to the semifinals to face No. 2 University of Denver Friday at 2:07 p.m.

Buerkle now turns her focus to the outdoor season. The Beavers begin competing outdoors April 2 at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.