ST. PAUL, Minn. – Led by senior Alex Coleman, the Bemidji State University outdoor track and field team placed 12th at the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships, May 12-13. The Dayton, Ohio native scored team points in three events, competed in six and was a part of four season-best marks in the final meet of her collegiate career.
With two points in hand after finishing seventh in the NSIC Heptathlon May 2, Coleman logged five additional points this weekend. The highlight of the competition for BSU was Coleman’s 18-foot, eight-inch mark in the long jump. The jump stood as her best of the season and put her in fifth place. She also placed in the triple jump. While the school-record holder fell short of her performance a week ago, her mark of 37-1 ¾ was good for eighth place.
In addition, Coleman clocked a season-best 25.19 seconds in the 200-meter dash, but failed to make it out of her preliminary heat.
Coleman was also a significant part of two BSU relay teams’ season-best times. She teamed up with Marissa Morgenstern, Kristen Petron and Christa Benson for a 52.01 in the 4x100-meter relay to finish 11th. She was also part of a 4x400-meter relay team with Benson, Madison Kealy and Petron that finished 12th with a season-best time of 4:08.00.
Benson, who recorded a 1:06.20 in the 400-meter hurdles, was unable to qualify for finals, finished 12th.
Savannah Olson paced a successful group of young throwers placing 10th in the shot put with a season-best mark of 41-10 ¾, surpassing her previous toss by over four inches. She was also 18th in the discus. Teammate Genavieve Backlund recorded a mark of 130-1 in the discus to place 12th. Samara Tobeck was 20th in the hammer throw (141-06) and 25th in the discus.
Winona State University won the team title with 134 points. BSU, which scored seven team points, finished 12th to jump up two positions from its 2016 finish.
The 2017 NSIC Outdoor Championships brings the Beavers’ outdoor season and 2016-17 campaign to a close.
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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.