John Beck has been named one of the Top Performers of the Week (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature will highlight the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
John Beck, Football - Senior; Mesa, Ariz.
Senior quarterback John Beck completed 16-of-21 attempts for 267 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in the Cougars' commanding 47-17 victory over San Diego State on Saturday. Beck finished the game with a career-high efficiency rating of 245.9, marking the highest rating by a BYU quarterback since Steve Sarkisian posted a 260.8 rating against Rice back in 1996. Beck's 267 yards on Saturday gives him 8,689 over his career and moves him closer to passing Jim McMahon (9,536) for second place on BYU's all-time passing list.
With his eight-yard touchdown pass to Jonny Harline in the second quarter, Beck passed Wyoming's Casey Bramlet for the Mountain West Conference career record with 57 touchdown passes. Beck finished the day with a total of four touchdown completions, setting the MWC career record at 59.
Rana El Derwy, Women's Tennis - Sophomore; Egypt
Rana El Derwy, a sophomore from Egypt, went 5-0 in her singles matches at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu Hawaii. On Thursday she beat the University of Hawaii's Julia Sandborn (6-1, 6-0) Hawaii Pacific University's Kaitlynn Brown (6-0, 6-0). Friday she had her closest match of the weekend when she beat UH's Samanta Cappella (6-4, 6-0). Saturday she closed the weekend with convincing wins over UH's Flo Wasko (6-1, 6-0) and BYU-Hawaii's Theresa Holmes (6-0, 6-1).
Chelsea Goodman, Women's Volleyball - Junior; Mesa, Ariz.
Cougar outside hitter Chelsea Goodman posted three double-doubles in three matches last week to bring her season total to a team-leading 11. She also led the Cougars in kills in all three contests and digs in two out of the three. Her 27 kills against TCU were a career high and the most by a Cougar since 2003. However, it was not just the numbers that made Goodman's performance against the Horned Frogs memorable as her play was both dominating and timely. After the Cougars found themselves down 10-7 in game five, Goodman recorded three kills and one block during an 8-0 BYU run to give the Cougars the come-from-behind victory at 15-10. She followed that incredible night with 23 kills against New Mexico, marking the third team this season she has reached the 20-kill mark.
On the season, Goodman now ranks second in the league in kills and points, fifth in aces, ninth in digs and tenth in hitting percentage as she has consistently played well on both sides of the ball.
Anne Heiner, Women's Cross Country - Senior; Las Cruces, N.M.
Anne Heiner led the women's cross country team with her 4th place finish and time of 17:59 when they traveled down to Walt Disney World on Saturday. BYU won the 5k race with a team score of 35 points and beat out 35 other universities, which included 287 individuals. After a slow start to the race, Heiner moved up and challenged for the lead in the final half-mile. A senior of Las Cruces, NM, she last competed in the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
"Anne ran a tough race," said Shane. "I was very impressed with her performance."
Katie Larkin, Women's Soccer - Sophomore; Draper, Utah
Sophomore forward Katie Larkin scored her third game-winning goal of the season Thursday in a 2-0 victory over TCU.
Larkin leads the Cougars with 11 points, four goals, three assists and 21 shots. She is also ranked third in the MWC for shots and fourth in goals, assists and points.
Larkin has accumulated several accolades already this season. On Sept. 18 she was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week. The same day she was also recognized, being named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and Soccer Times Honor Roll.
Most recently, Larkin received offensive MVP honors at the Paco10/Mountain West Challenge.
Albert Nercessyan, Men's Tennis - Sophomore
Sophomore transfer Albert Nercessyan reached the fourth round of the 2006 Bronco Classic at UC Santa Barbara last weekend before he had to pull out of the tournament due to BYU's policy of not playing on Sunday. He beat players from UC Davis and Nevada along the way in his first tournament as a Cougar.
Daniel Summerhays, Men's Golf - Junior; Farmington, Utah
Daniel Summerhays, a junior from Farmington, Utah, shot a 60 on the par-70 course at the Golden Horseshoe Country Club. The 10-under-par round broke course records on the fairways where the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf Tournament will be played.
The round also tied an NCAA record. Daniel Summerhays joins golfers Brock Mackenzie of Washington (-12), Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech (-12) and Paul Casey of Arizona State (-10) as student-athletes who have shot a round of 60. Summerhays not only shattered BYU records but also broke Jack Nicklaus' course record 67.
"Daniel was great," said head coach Bruce Brockbank. "He has really worked hard to earn this. He really deserved it."
Ron Balicki of Golfweek Magazine called Summerhays' final round one of "the best I've ever witnessed." He also described Summerhays as "one of the finest young men in college golf."