The Buena Vista Athletics Hall of Fame will induct four new members during halftime ceremonies of the BVU vs. Concordia-Moorhead football game on Saturday, September 14. Jacque Jerkovich SL’84, Randy Lewis SL’90, Nick Beard SL’02 and Jessica (Jensen) Carney SL’03 will join the illustrious group as the Class of 2013.
Jerkovich, who transferred to Buena Vista after two years at Iowa Western Community College, was a two-time letterwinner in both tennis and softball for the Beavers. On the court, she was voted as the team’s MVP both seasons, cumulating a total of more than 40 singles and doubles victories. She was an Iowa Conference runner-up both years in each one.
On the diamond, she was a key member of the NCAA runner-up team in 1983 and the NCAA Championship team in 1984. The team also captured Iowa Conference championships both years, and following each campaign, she was tabbed a First Team All-IIAC and a First Team All-Region outfielder.
Jerkovich graduated from Buena Vista with a bachelor of arts degree and is employed by ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Neb., within Info Technology. She also spent time as an assistant softball coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 1985-89 and was a part of a North Central Conference championship and an NCAA DII qualifying team.
Lewis was a four-year letterwinner in track and field for the Beavers and remains the indoor school-record holder in the pole vault at 15’6” – a height he set in 1989. A year later, he set the mark in the outdoor event by clearing 15’9”.
A Mason City High School graduate, Lewis was a three-time Iowa Conference champion (1987-89) and a runner-up in 1990. He was a two-time national qualifier during the indoor season and was a four-time qualifier for the outdoor championships. As a junior, he became the program’s first All-American after placing fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships before taking sixth a year later at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also placed 12th at the 1987 Outdoor Championships and took ninth at the 1990 Indoor Championships.
Lewis graduated from Buena Vista with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is a self-employed farmer in the Mason City area. He was also an integral part of setting up the first wireless ISP in Mason City.
Beard was a stand-out baseball player for BVU, lettering all four-years as the team’s primary third baseman, earning all-conference and all-region accolades twice. His best year came in his final collegiate campaign when he was named both the team and the Iowa Conference MVP after helping guide the Beavers to a 24-14 overall record. He set school records for at-bats, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI that year after ranking second nationally in slugging percentage as a junior.
He also excelled off the field and was tabbed as a three-time academic all-conference, academic all-region and academic all-american selection. He was a Second Team Academic All-American as both a sophomore and junior before landing First Team honors his senior year.
Beard, who graduated with a double major in both political science and criminal justice, is currently employed by Central Sales Lighting Systems in Omaha, Neb., where he has worked since 2002. He and his wife, Amy, have two children, Abby and Andrew.
(Jensen) Carney was a two-sport athlete for BVU, earning four letters in basketball and three in track and field. On the court, she was a two-year captain and was voted on by her teammates as the top defensive players as both a junior and senior. She was also tabbed as an Academic All-IIAC athlete both years.
On the track, (Jensen) Carney was a two-time national outdoor qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles, capturing an individual national championship as a junior and placing sixth as a senior. She was also a member on the 4x400 meter relay team which qualified three times. She remains the school record holder in the indoor 400 meter dash and 4x400 meter relay, as well as the outdoor 400 meter hurdles, 4x400 meter relay and the sprint medley relay. She was named the Iowa Conference Outdoor MVP in 2003 and also captured an indoor conference championship in the 400 meter dash as a senior.
Additional academic accolades she attained include: US Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team (2002 and 2003), NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship Recipient (2003), Named the NCAA Women of the Year for the State of Iowa (2003) and the Iowa Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year (2003).
She graduated from BVU with a bachelor of science degree in biology and has been employed by the Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center, Iowa since 2010. She and her husband, Tyler (2003 BVU graduate), have two children, Cadence and Dalton.
Kick-off of the game is scheduled for 1:00pm. A formal banquet will follow the game that evening and will be held inside of Dows Ballroom inside of the Siebens Forum.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.