Paulzine atop Beavers Cross Country finishers at Roy Griak Invitational

Paulzine atop Beavers Cross Country finishers at Roy Griak Invitational
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Paulzine atop Beavers Cross Country finishers at Roy Griak Invitational

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Bemidji State University cross country junior Sarone Paulzine finished the 6K Roy Griak Invitational in 26:39.5 to lead the program Saturday. The Beavers averaged a time of 27:22.4 while finishing 34th as a team.

Four freshmen finished behind Paulzine, who was ranked 192nd out of 392, to round out the program’s top five finishers. Freshman Ellen Peterson, finishing 201st, recorded a time of 26:47.7 after leading the team in its first race of the season Sept. 8. Freshman Brittny Hillstrom also finished under the 27-minute mark with a time of 26:52.2. Freshmen Ashley Kinnard and Ashley Herdering rounded out BSU’s top five with times of 27:14.4 and 29:18.1, respectively.

As a team, BSU finished ahead of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams Minot State University and Upper Iowa University.

Simon Fraser University took the team win with an average team time of 23:06.4 while University of Mary senior Alexis Zeis took first place individually with a time of 21:41.3.

The final Bemidji State meet of the regular season is the Bob Waxlax Invitational, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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