BSU to partake in Al Bortke Open in Bismarck, N.D., Saturday

BSU to partake in Al Bortke Open in Bismarck, N.D., Saturday
Thursday, April 11, 2019
BSU to partake in Al Bortke Open in Bismarck, N.D., Saturday

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University track and field program will travel West to University of Mary to take part in the Al Bortke Open Saturday, April 13. The Beavers start field events at 11 a.m. followed by track events at 12 p.m. at the Bismarck MDU Resources Community Bowl.

Three BSU program records were broken at the Dutch Invitational April 5-6 in Pella, Iowa while the team took six first-place finishes throughout the two-day meet. BSU took second overall with 130 total points, 15 behind first-place Central College.

Junior thrower Gena Baklund broke her own record in the hammer throw with a toss of 166-feet-4-inches while sophomore Venice Stewart also broke her own record in the 100m dash with a preliminary, first-place time of 12.07. Senior Christa Benson broke BSU’s 13-year-old record with a first place finish in the heptathlon, scoring 4,566 points and taking four event wins within the event.

Joining the record-setting trio with first-place finishes in individual events included sophomore Jonae Bond who won the 100m dash with a personal record time of 12.57, freshman Ryne Prigge with a time of 4:56.57 in the 1500m run, and the 4x100m relay team of Bond, junior Jada Barker, Stewart, and freshman Beatrice Kjelland who finished with a time of 47.57.

In total, 39 personal record marks were set while the Beavers recorded 31 top-five finishes. Bemidji State finished ahead of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents Concordia University-St. Paul, Upper Iowa University, and Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Field Events – All Start at 11 a.m.
Pole Vault
Long Jump
Triple Jump
High Jump
Shot Put
Hammer Throw

Track Events
3000m Steeplechase – 12 p.m.
4x100m Relay – 12:30 p.m.
1500m Run – 12:40 p.m.
100m Hurdles/110m HH – 1 p.m.
400m Dash – 1:45 p.m.
100m Dash – 2 p.m.
800m Run – 2:15 p.m.
400m Hurdles – 2:40 p.m.
200m Dash – 3 p.m.
5000m Run – 3:20 p.m.
4x400m Relay – 4 p.m.

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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).