Backlund and Benson highlight Bemidji State’s performance at Masanz Classic

Backlund and Benson highlight Bemidji State’s performance at Masanz Classic
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Backlund and Benson highlight Bemidji State’s performance at Masanz Classic

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University outdoor track and field team recorded 11 top 10 finishes and set four season-best times in the Mansanz Classic, its final tune-up to the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships. Genavieve Backlund and Christa Benson each posted runner-up finishes to lead the Beavers.

Backlund paced a throwing group that collected seven top-10 finishes. The freshman posted a second-place finish in the discus throw, stretching the tape to 129 feet three inches. She also took third place in the hammer throw, logging a season-best 152-9. The throw seats her 12th among the NSIC throwers this outdoor season.

In addition to Backlund, Savannah Olson measured a 39-3 in the shot put to earn fifth place, while Regan Grube was eighth in both the hammer (139-4) and javelin (93-0) and Samara Tobeck was seventh in the hammer throw (143-8) and 10th in the shot put (32-11).

Alex Coleman also competed well in field events. The senior and BSU record holder in the triple jump posted a season-best 18-0 ½ in in the long jump to place third.

On the track, sophomore Christa Benson led all BSU participants. She posted a season-best mark in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 1:05:01. The Mankato, Minn. native now ranks 11th in the NSIC in 2017.

In addition, Marissa Morgenstern was third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.93 and the Beavers’ 4x100-meter relay team of Morgenstern, Coleman, Kristen Petron and Benson recorded a season-best time of 52.58 to place second.

The Beavers now shift their focus to the NSIC Outdoor Championships. The conference meet is set for Concordia University-St. Paul’s Sea Foam Stadium May 12-13.

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