Bemidji State selected 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Bemidji State selected 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Bemidji State selected 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s indoor track and field team was selected to finish 13th in the 2017-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Thursday. Junior Kelsey Hurley (field) and freshman Venice Stewart (track) were picked as BSU’s Athletes to Watch.

Bemidji State returns most of its roster and added some excellent student-athletes including Beavers Field Athlete to Watch Kelsey Hurley, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, who holds a personal best mark of 5-8.75 in the high jump. Joining Kelsey in jumps is Cheri’A Adams, a freshman with a triple jump best of 38-2.5 and a 100m best of 12.23, and Mikayla Brouette, a freshman with a triple jump best of 37-9.25.

Beavers Track Athlete to Watch Venice Stewart, a freshman from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., comes to BSU with bests of 24.85 in the 200m and 58.53 in the 800m. BSU returns sprinter Jada Barker who had a 60m best time of 7.95 and ran a 200m time of 24.83. Freshman Aneesa Tucker was the Wisconsin State Champion in the 800m with a best time of 2:13.

BSU throws returns its top three weight throwers in seniors Samantha Velde and Samara Tobeck, along with sophomore Gena Baklund.

In the distance events, Bemidji State looks for leadership from senior Madison Kealy as the top returner in the 1000m run, junior Sarone Paulzine and the top cross-country performer of 2017, freshman Brittny Hillstrom.

Defending NSIC champion Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked to win the conference with 194 total points and 13 first place votes. University of Mary, with 183 points and one first-place vote, and Augustana University, 159 points and one first-place vote, came in after MSU.

Wayne State Colelge’s Michaela Dendinger was selected as the preseason field athlete of the year while U-Mary’s Alexis Zeis was named the preseason track athlete of the year.

Bemidji State begins its 2017-18 indoor season Friday, Dec. 1 as five student-athletes travel to the South Dakota State University Holiday Open and Multi. The Beavers will only take part in the pentathlon, which begins at 1:15 p.m. in Brookings, S.D.

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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 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).