Beeler named MIAA Athlete of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitt State senior Mike Beeler was named the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week for men’s outdoor track & field Tuesday.

Beeler made a successful return from a redshirt season in 2011 by posting the nation’s top mark in the javelin, automatically qualifying for the 2012 NCAA National Championships with a winning throw of 228 feet, 2 inches) in the javelin at the Emporia State Spring Twilight Meet on Mar. 15.

The Lenexa, Kan., native — who finished as the 2010 national runner-up before missing the 2011 season due to injury — currently has the longest throw in the country by more than 17 feet.

Beeler named MIAA Athlete of the Week
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitt State senior Mike Beeler was named the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week for men’s outdoor track & field Tuesday.
Beeler made a successful return from a redshirt season in 2011 by posting the nation’s top mark in the javelin, automatically qualifying for the 2012 NCAA National Championships with a winning throw of 228 feet, 2 inches) in the javelin at the Emporia State Spring Twilight Meet on Mar. 15.
The Lenexa, Kan., native — who finished as the 2010 national runner-up before missing the 2011 season due to injury — currently has the longest throw in the country by more than 17 feet.


Lane Lord named Coach of the Year
ATLANTA, Ga. — Pittsburg State head women’s basketball coach Lane Lord was named the WBCA/Russell Athletic Region 6 Coach of the Year, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday. Lord is one of only three regional coaches of the year to guide his team to the Elite Eight. Lord and the other regional coaches of the year will now advance to the ballot for national coach of the year.
Lord guided the 2011-12 Gorillas to a historic 27-6 season and the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA-II Elite Eight. The team’s 27 wins this season set the school record for most wins in a season. The team started the season on a program record 14-game win streak. The team has also set school records for blocked shots and rebounds in a season and are nearing the points record. The team earned its way to the Elite Eight by defeating three teams it had played for the third time in the season to win the South Central Regional. Lord was also named the MIAA Coach of the Year.
The other regional coaches of the year were: Meghan Burke Brown of Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Conn.), Stan Swank of Edinboro University (Edinboro, Pa.), Dennis Cox of Clayton State University (Morrow, Ga.), Sue Ramsey of Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio), Kiley Hill of Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.), Chris Kielsmeier of Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.) and Charity Elliott of University of California-San Diego.

Jeronimus earns Honorable Mention All-America honors
ATLANTA, Ga. — Pittsburg State freshman Lizzy Jeronimus has earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday evening.
Jeronimus is only the eighth All-American or Academic All-American in program history and the first since Leslie Dudley earned Honorable Mention Division II Bulletin All-America and third-team GTE Academic All-America honors in 2000.
Jeronimus has been crucial in the Gorillas school-record breaking 27-6 season and has been a leader on the team as Pitt State made its way to the program’s’ first-ever trip to the Elite Eight. She led the Gorillas with 15.9 points per game and 92 assists on the season entering Tuesday’s game. She ranked second in steals and rebounding. She ranked in the top 10 in the MIAA in nearly every category including points, rebounds, assists, free throw percentage and assist-turnover ratio.
The MIAA Freshman of the Year and first team all-MIAA selection was especially effective in Pittsburg State’s run through the South Central Regional. Jeronimus was named the Most Outstanding Player of the South Central Region after averaging 27.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game through the three games. In the last four games she has two 30-point scoring games, including a career-high 35 points in the regional final against Emporia State.