Freshmen break BSU indoor track & field records at The Opener Saturday

Freshmen break BSU indoor track & field records at The Opener Saturday
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Freshmen break BSU indoor track & field records at The Opener Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. -- Freshmen Cheri’A Adams and Venice Stewart broke Bemidji State University indoor track and field records Saturday in the team’s first full meet at The Opener in Duluth, Minn. Adams broke the school record in the long jump while Stewart set the program mark in the 60m dash.

Stewart’s 60m dash time of 7.81 earned her a first-place finish against runners from University of Minnesota Duluth and Northern Michigan University. The new school record breaks Taylor Sautbine’s time of 7.88 set in 2013. Adams made her mark in the triple jump with a jump of 36-feet-9.75-inches. The jump that placed her second in the event beat Ashley Spolarich’s previous mark of 35-11 set in 2005.

Bemidji State placed eight student-athletes among the top four finishers in their events, including Stewart (60m Dash, 1st; 200m Dash, 2nd), Adams (Long Jump, 2nd; Triple Jump, 2nd), Genavieve Baklund (Shot Put, 3rd), Libby Christenson (High Jump, 4th), Cassidy Ziegler (High Jump, 4th) and Samara Tobeck (Weight Throw, 4th).

Excluding freshmen, Baklund, Regan Grube and Tobeck each set personal records in their events. Baklund set a personal best mark in the shot put with a throw of 38-6.25. Grube set personal best marks in the shot put, with a throw of 33-1.75, and the weight throw, with a toss of 44-1.25. Tobeck set her personal best mark of 47-11.75 in the weight throw.

One Mile Run
Ashley Kinnard - 6:16.03, 13th
Courtney Anderson - 7:28.51, 15th
Carissa Decko - 7:50.36, 16th

60m Hurdles
Christa Benson - 9.83, 7th

600m Run
Libby Christenson - 1:50.35, 11th

60m Dash
Venice Stewart - 7.81, 1st (School Record)
Jada Barker - 8.09, 7th

800m Run
Brittny Hillstrom - 2:32.63, 5th
Amanda Anderson - 2:54.84, 15th

200m Dash
Venice Stewart - 25.81, 2nd
Jada Barker - 27.03, 7th

4x400m Relay
Aneesa Tucker, Jada Barker, Christa Benson, Venice Stewart - 4:22.6, 6th

High Jump
Libby Christenson - 4-9, 4th
Cassidy Ziegler - 4-9, 4th

Long Jump
Cheri’A Adams - 17-4.75, 2nd
Aneesa Tucker - 16-3, 7th

Triple Jump
Cheri’A Adams - 36-9.75, 2nd (School Record)
Analise Fabre - 33-2, 6th

Shot Put
Genavieve Baklund - 38-6.25, 3rd (Personal Record)
Samara Tobeck - 33-1.75, 10th
Regan Grube - 30-6.25, 18th (Personal Record)
Molly O’Neil - 28-5, 21st

Weight Throw
Samara Tobeck - 47-11.75, 4th (Personal Record)
Regan Grube - 44-1.25, 9th (Personal Record)
Genavieve Baklund - 41-1.5, 10th
Molly O’Neil - 39-5.25, 12th

Next Up
The Beavers will begin their holiday break before returning to action Jan. 13, 2018 at the BSU-hosted Super 8 Open at the Gillett Wellness Recreation Center.

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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).