BEMIDJI , Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel towards the shore of Lake Superior to compete in the Lake Superior Challenge on Saturday. The event will be held at the Burns Wellness Commons on the campus of St. Scholastica, and is slated for an 11 a.m. start.
The Beavers will compete against Augsburg College, Bethel College, Lakehead, Michigan Tech, Minnesota Duluth, Northern Michigan, St. Scholastica, and Wisconsin-Superior. Field events will start the day off at 11 a.m. as the high jumpers start competing. Beginning at noon, the running events will commence as distance runners will toe the line.
While the team events will take place in Duluth, a select few multi-event athletes will head west to Aberdeen, S.D. to compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Multi Championships. The NSIC championships are set to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday as the men will get the heptathlon underway. Women athletes competing in the pentathlon will compete in all events on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m., as the men’s events will spill over into Monday.
Bemidji State’s Zac Preble (Jr., Coleraine, Minn.) is the defending NSIC champion and league record-holder in the heptathlon and will look to defend his championship this weekend. Preble will lead the charge with the hopes of gaining an early lead for the Beavers as they head into the league championships two weeks from now. All points earned by multi-event athletes will carry over and count towards their team’s points in the NSIC Championships.
The 2009 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships will continue Feb. 27-28 at Bemidji State’s own Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.
BSU is coming down the home stretch of its 2009 indoor schedule. After this weekend’s busy schedule the Beavers will host the Bemidji State Twilight at 4 p.m. Feb. 19, as they tune-up for the league championships.