Kean announces two additions to Beaver Track and Field program

Kean announces two additions to Beaver Track and Field program
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Kean announces two additions to Beaver Track and Field program

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University track and field head coach Kevin Kean announced the addition of two incoming freshmen as part of the program’s signing day class. Sprinter/hurdler Kayla Crump from Wauwatosa, Wis., and distance/mid-distance runner Ryne Prigge from Ely, Minn., will join the program beginning in the fall of 2018.

Both student-athlete’s acceptance is contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Kayla Crump, a native of Wauwatosa, Wis., will make an immediate impact in the hurdles and sprints after finishing her career at Wauwatosa West High School. A Wisconsin State qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best of 45.13 will strengthen a strong core hurdle group next season. Crump also holds a personal best of 1:01.11 in the 400-meter dash which will add more depth to the 4x400m relay.

"Kayla is a great addition to our team as a young and very talented hurdler over the high school 300m hurdle distance,” Kean said. “What most stuck out to me with Kayla's hurdling style is her aggressive nature over the first half of her race. Now in college, it will be really fun to watch her continue to develop over a new longer race with the 400 hurdles."

Ryne Prigge, a native of Ely, Minn., will be a key contributor to the cross country and mid distance team next year after completing her career at Ely High School. Multiple-time state qualifier in cross country holds a personal best of 19:58.70 in the 5k and also runs 2:24 in the 800-meter dash, which is a solid balance for both groups.

"Ryne has a very positive attitude towards her running career which is very apparent in her dedication to her long runs and training workouts,” Kean said. “As a top high school Nordic skier here in the state of Minnesota as well, we are excited to see her diverse endurance talents work for our team this year."

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).