Sautbine and Juell garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sautbine and Juell garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University outdoor track and field multi-event athletes Taylor Sautbine (So., Tamarack, Minn.) and Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) have been named as the final Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week for the 2010-11 athletic season after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of May 2-8.

Sautbine stood out in a tremendously busy week of competition for the BSU women’s track and field team.  The sophomore opened the week with a third-place finish in the heptathlon at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships in Aberdeen, S.D. May 1-2. In her first attempt in the event, her score of 3,951 left her just 13 points out of second place and 386 off the pace set by 2011 NSIC Champion Tanya Vasser for Northern State University.

Tuesday (May 3), Sautbine and teammates Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.), Ciarra Robinson (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Ashley Larva (Fr., Floodwood, Minn.) combined to break a 15-year-old BSU outdoor 4-by-100-meter relay record.  The quartet placed second at the Cobber Sunny Day Meet clocking a time of 49.02 seconds before bouncing back just four days later (May 7) to break the mark again at the Ron Masanz Classic In Moorhead, Minn.  This time Sautbine, Buerkle and Robinson along with Michelle Ohman (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) posted a time of 48.90 to claim third.  In addition, Sautbine recorded season-best times of 13.05  seconds in the 100-meter dash and 15.34 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing sixth in each event.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of Sautbine’s career and marks the ninth occasion a member of the BSU women’s track and field team has been recognized during the 2010-11 campaign. She follows Buerkle, who is a six-time recipient of the award this season, Larva (April 27) and last week’s selection Ohman.

Juell contributed to Bemidji State men’s recent dominance in the NSIC decathlon, winning his first title and the fifth straight in the event for the men. Juell scored a career-best 6,531 total points, provisionally qualifying for the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while the score ranks him ninth in the nation in the event. Juell earned a pair of victories with personal-best efforts in the pole vault (14-11) and in the javelin throw (182-00). The Redwood Falls, Minn. native also set career marks in the shot put (39-8 ½) and high jump (5-11 ¼) placing second and third, respectively.

At the Ron Masanz Classic Juell was a part of the Beavers’ second-place 4-by-100-meter relay team (42.98), took fourth in the javelin (174-10) and was sixth in the pole vault (14-3 1/2).

Juell’s award marks the seventh time a member of the BSU men’s track and field team has been selected for Beaver Pride’s weekly honor this year, while it stands as the third of the season for the sophomore (Feb. 16 and April 13).  He follows teammates Jacob Nelson (Jan. 19), Raphael Gelo (March 2 and May 4) and Brian Leonhardt (April 27), who where previously honored by Beaver Pride in 2010-11.

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams next travel to Aberdeen, S.D. and Clark Swisher Activities Complex May 13-14, when the teams will compete in the NSIC Championships.