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SIX HORNETS EARN NATIONAL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ALL-AMERICA HONORS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six Sacramento State student-athletes have been selected as National Strength and Conditioning Association All-Americans for the 2010-11 school years. The six players were Duro Bjegovic of men's basketball, Tika Koshiyama-Diaz of women's basketball, Jake Croxdale of football, and Terrell Kirtz, Andi Behring and Erin Lewis of track and field.

Bjegovic finished his two-year tenure with the Hornets playing in 56 games. He scored in double figures 23 times while averaging 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds over his career. His 395 three-point percentage is the third best career mark in school history. During his senior season, he was the team’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, and his 15 rebounds against Idaho State were the sixth best single-game output in Sacramento State’s Div. I history.

"Duro used the strength and conditioning program to transform himself from a reserve player to a starter and team captain on the Sacramento State basketball team," strength coach Matt Gilbert said. "Duro added 15 pounds of muscle to become one of the top big men in the Big Sky Conference."

Koshiyama-Diaz played 112 games in her four-year career, scoring 737 points and dishing out 381 assists - good for second all-time on the program's career assist list. She has two of the top-10 single-season assists marks in school history as the point guard led head coach Jamie Craighead's up-tempo attack. She tallied a career-high 21 points and career-high 10 assists this season against San Francisco for her first double-double.

"Tika is one of the most fearless competitors I have ever been around," director of strength and conditioning Terrance Brooks said. "During summer training, she would train daily with football players almost three times her size and not back down. Most of the time, she is the aggressor. She is well respected by student-athletes of all sports. Tika is the same with strength and conditioning as she is on the basketball court — a second coach."

Croxdale played in all 11 games during his junior season and compiled 236 rushing yards. He ended the season strongly, rushing for 69 yards at Idaho State before posting a season high 94 yards in the Causeway Classic against UC Davis.

"Jake is a workhorse on and off the field," Brooks said. "His great work ethic shows when playing running back, on special teams, and in the classroom. He was a big reason the Sacramento State football team had their first winning season in 10 years."

Kirtz exclusively ran the 800 during the outdoor season and scored for the team at the Big Sky Championships where he placed sixth. He ranks ninth all-time at Sacramento State with a best of 1:51.63.

"Terrell is a gifted athlete who has excelled, in part, due to his dedication on the track and in the weight room," assistant strength and conditioning coach Adam Craft said. "Competing primarily in the 800 meters, Terrell has qualified for individual conference championships and been a part of multiple team conference championships while at Sacramento State. Terrell has utilized strength training to develop his skill on the track by increasing his strength and decreasing his times improving his personal best each year. Through Terrell’s work ethic and attitude he has achieved a high standard of success all four years at Sacramento State."

A versatile member of the track & field program, Lewis has competed in just about every distance race available for the Hornets. She has been a member of the cross country during the past three seasons and has qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the 1,500, mile, 3K and 10K. She currently ranks third in school history in the indoor 3K, is sixth in the indoor mile and 10th in the outdoor 1,500.

"Erin’s success as a distance runner has spanned across several seasons including cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field," Craft said. "Erin’s drive to succeed in her sports translates directly to her work ethic during strength training. She has improved all testing numbers each year of her career and participates in optional extra work every chance that she gets. Erin is a strength training role model for all other athletes and along with her success on the track a superior student-athlete as well."

Behring capped her Hornet career by winning the Big Sky title in the shot put at the indoor championships. During the indoor season, she also set the school record with a put of 50-03.50. Behring is also ranked 10th in the Hornet record book in the weight throw an dis second in the outdoor shot put.

"Andi is a very dedicated student athlete who shows a very strong work ethic each and every day," Gilbert said. "Andi has shown the value of hard work, both on the track and in the classroom, scoring multiple times at the conference championships while completing a double major in film production and digital media."

The NSCA All-America program is in its 33rd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn., fitness product leader.

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