Five athletes commit to Beaver Track & Field during early-signing period

Five athletes commit to Beaver Track & Field during early-signing period
Friday, November 10, 2017
Five athletes commit to Beaver Track & Field during early-signing period

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University track and field program will see five newcomers join the squad as the early-signing period came to a conclusion Wednesday. Head Coach Kevin Kean announced the addition of two sprinters, two throwers and one vaulter/hurdler for the recruiting class of 2017-18.

Faith Beck, Zoe Christensen, Beatrice Kjelland and Nicole Rezabek each signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Bemidji State, beginning with the 2018-19 seasons. Mara Halvorson will also join the program as an institutional letter. All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Faith Beck, a pole vaulter and hurdler from Dickinson, N.D., was a 2017 champion in the pole vault at the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships with Dickinson Trinity High School. Her championship vault went 10-feet-6-inches to secure the state title. Beck is also one of the top 100 hurdlers in North Dakota with a time of 15.26. She has a personal best time of 12.70 in the 100m and was also a part of Dickinson Trinity’s 4x200m team that finished second at the North Dakota State Championships.

Zoe Christenson, a shot putter from Glencoe, Minn., is Glencoe-Silver Lake High School’s record-holder in shot put and hurdles. She holds a personal best shot put of 40-5 and was seventh at the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field AA Championships in 2017. Christenson also finished seventh at the MSHSL Championships as a freshman. She earned a Wright County Conference West Division Championship in the shot put last year and has been All-WCC the past two years.

Beatrice Kjelland, a sprinter from Park River, N.D., earned North Dakota State Championships in the 100m and 200m as a freshman in 2015. She holds personal best times of 12.06 in the 100m and 25.40 in the 200m. Kjelland’s time of 12.29 in the 100m is a North Dakota Class B state record. She is the second youngest of seven children and is involved in her church, 4-H and is a member of National Honor Society.

Coley Rezabek, a javelin thrower from Sunrise Beach, Mo., finished second in the javelin throw at the Ozark Conference Championships in 2017 with her personal best throw of 123-9. She was a Missouri Class 4 District 5 Champion as a junior. She also joins the Beaver Women’s Basketball program beginning in 2018-19.

Mara Halvorson, a sprinter and jumper from Chaska, Minn., earned letters in track and field, soccer and Nordic skiing from Chaska High School. She holds personal best times of 12.88 in the 100m and 27.08 in the 200m. Halvorson earned sixth place at the Second 2A Championships with a time of 12.96 in the 100m. She anchors CHS’s 4x200m, 4x100m and sprint medley relays. Halvorson earned all-conference honorable mention in the triple jump (32-8.5) and 4x200m.

The 2017-18 indoor track and field season begins Dec. 1 at the North Dakota State Classic held in Fargo, N.D. while multi-event athletes will be traveling Dec. 1 to take part in the SDSU Holiday Open in Brookings, S.D.

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).