DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s track and field team picked up 17.5 points on the opening day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships Friday at James S. Malosky Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Beavers will open the second day of competition holding down fourth place in the team standings with 26.5 points after placing in four and recording nine collegiate personal-best. The University of Mary is atop the team standings with 59.50.
With the bulk of the events on the track in preliminary stages, the Beavers garnered all of their points on day one in field events. Gena Baklund placed fourth in the hammer throw stretching the tape to 170-feet, 11-inches, while teammate Zoe Christensen added nearly eight feet to her personal record with a 167-06 to finish right behind in fifth. Christensen also placed fourth in the shot put with a personal-best 47-11.25. In addition, senior multi-event athlete, Christa Benson who already placed second in the heptathlon, cleared 5-03 to take sixth in the high jump. That mark was also a personal best.
On the track, junior Jada Barker qualified for the finals in a competitive 100-meter dash field. She clocked a 12.20 to finish third in her heat and qualify in the No. 8 spot. Benson also earned a chance to complete in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best 1:02.32. The time not only shaved more than a second from her previous best, it was also just 0.12 off school-record pace.
Day two gets underway at 11 a.m. tomorrow. In addition to Barker in the 100- and Benson in the 400-meter hurdle finals, BSU will have student-athletes competing in the javelin, triple jump, discus, steeplechase and the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay events on day two.
Allyna Storms – 19th, 43:42.13
Kylie Monson – 25th, 4.76m/15-07.50
Christa Benson – 11th, 14.83
Faith Beck – 16th, 15.31
100-meter dash (prelims)
Jada Barker – 12.20q
Beatrice Kjelland – 9th, 12.21 (T-PR)
Jonae Bond – 19th, 12.68
800-meter run (prelims)
Ryne Prigge – 9th, 2:17.55 (PR)
400-meter hurdles (prelims)
Christa Benson – 1:02.32q (PR)
Kylie Monson – 11th, 1:04.85 (PR)
Kayla Crump – 22nd, 1:08.21
Libby Christenson – 23rd, 1:09.68
200-meter dash (prelims)
Jada Barker – 10th, 24.86
Beatrice Kjelland – 16th, 25.32 (PR)
Christa Benson – 6th, 5-03.00 (PR)
Kylie Monson – 22nd, 4-09.75
Libby Christenson – 23rd, 4-09.75
Faith Beck – 8th, 10-00.50 (PR)
Aneesa Tucker – 27th, 16-06.00
Cheri’a Adams – 29th, 16-03.75
Zoe Christensen – 4th, 47-11.25 (PR)
Gena Baklund – 4th, 170-11
Zoe Christensen – 5th, 167-06 (PR)
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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).