Benson leads BSU Track and Field at SDSU Holiday Open and Multi

Benson leads BSU Track and Field at SDSU Holiday Open and Multi
Friday, December 1, 2017
Benson leads BSU Track and Field at SDSU Holiday Open and Multi

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Junior Christa Benson set a personal best in the pentathlon to lead the way for the Bemidji State University track and field team Friday at the South Dakota State University Holiday Open and Multi in Brookings, S.D. Benson set her personal best score of 2,926 in the women’s pentathlon while three Beaver freshmen also took part in the events.

Following Benson’s 14th place finish in the pentathlon was freshman Cheri’A Adams with a score of 2,770. Freshman Aneesa Tucker finished 18th (2,678) followed by freshman Libby Christenson in 20th with a score of 2,400.

60m Hurdles
Adams led the way for Bemidji State in the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing with a time of 9.74 to earn 761 points. Benson finished just behind Adams with a time of 9.75 to earn 759 points. Christenson ended the finals with a time of 10.78 just ahead of Tucker who finished in 10.91.

High Jump
Three Beavers cleared the 4-foot-9.00-inch high jump to tie for 14th in the finals heat. Benson, Christienson and Tucker each cleared the mark to earn 566 points apiece in the pentathlon. Benson made it past the first three jumps on her first try before just making it past the 4-7.91 height on her third try. She then reached her peak of 4-9.00 on her first try. Christenson cleared the bar on each of her first six jumps while clearing both the 4-7.91 and 4-9.00 heights on her second try. Tucker took just one jump on her first seven heights before maxing out at the 4-9.00 mark.

Adams cleared a mark of 4-5.50 to earn 470 points for BSU.

Shot Put
Adams led the charge in the shot put with throws of 7.10m, 9.26m and 8.64m, earning 481 points for 11th best in the heat off her 9.26m (30-4.75) throw. Benson followed just behind with the 12th best throw, a personal best mark of 8.83m (28-11.75) on her first attempt of the day, earning 453 points. Christenson earned 412 points on a throw of 8.19m (26-10.5) for the 18th furthest throw and Tucker earned 375 points on a throw of 7.63m (25-0.5) one spot behind Christenson.

Long Jump
Adams also led the team during the long jump with a team-best mark of 5.06m (16-7.25), finishing with the ninth best jump. Tucker’s mark of 4.94m (16-2.5) ranked 14th in the finals to score 543, while Benson scored 474 points with a jump of 4.68m (15-4.25). Christenson chipped in 252 points to her total with a jump of 3.75m (12-3.75).

800m Run
In the 800m, Benson led the Beavers with a time of 2:31.48, good for eighth in the heat and 674 points. Tucker followed in 13th with a time of 2:34.09 while Christenson placed 16th with a time of 2:37.93. Adams rounded out the Beavers in 20th with a time of 2:48.20 for 482 points.

Next Up
The Beavers take their full squad to Duluth, Minn., Saturday, Dec. 9 for their next event, The Opener hosted by University of Minnesota Duluth.

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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).