Bemidji State University women’s track and field senior Christa Benson received capped her collegiate career with more accolades Wednesday. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced that she had earned a pair of All-NSIC awards for her performance at the conference outdoor championships.
Benson was placed on the NSIC Outdoor Championship All-Conference Performers List after taking second in the heptathlon and the 400-meter hurdles at the meet. Her 1:01.97 in the 400 hurdles was not only good for third place at the championships, it also surpassed her own BSU record in the event, while her second-place finish in the heptathlon (4,689) also established a new BSU record.
All-conference recognition is awarded to the top three place winners in each event and individual members of the top two relay teams from the conference championships, held May 11-12.
BSU finished the outdoor season by recording its best performance at championships since 2008. The Beavers posted 46.5 points to finish seventh. The University of Mary won its second consecutive outdoor conference title by racking up 202.5 points .
The NSIC also announced Augustana University's Montez Brown as its Field Athlete of the Year, while the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Danielle Kohlwey was named the Track Athlete of the Year and Alysa Henry, a member of the NSIC champion Mary team, earned Newcomer of the Year the honor. In addition, Mary's Dennis Newell earned Coach of the Year honors and Augustana’s Scott Tanis was named Assistant Coach of the Year.