Throwing trio grabs six top-10 finishes
Monday, April 11, 2005
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s track and field team has seen a lot of success from the trio of junior Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.), sophomore R.J. Gross (Jamestown, N.D.) and sophomore Justin Cox (Menahga, Minn.) in the throwing events and nothing was different on Saturday as the three combined for six top ten finishes at the Hamline Invitation in St. Paul.

Cox grabbed three of the six top-ten finishes himself with a second place finish in the discus (150-1), a seventh place finish in the shot put (46-3 1/2) and a ninth place finish in the hammer throw with his toss of 137 feet.

In his only top-ten finish, Gross just edged out Cox by half an inch in the shot put with his throw of 46-4.

Wilson, who had a phenomenal indoor season for BSU, took second place in the shot put throwing 49 3/4 and seventh in the discus (138-3).

However, the trio of Wilson, Gross and Cox were not the only members of the BSU men’s team to have success in the throwing events on Saturday. Sophomore Todd Zeidler (Plentywood, Mont.), a first year member of the team, threw the javelin 161 feet, 8 inches to grab third place just behind fellow teammate, freshman Nick Hruska (Fairboult, Minn.) who finished in second with his throw of 165-5.

Bemidji State also placed well in the other field events. Sophomore Rodney Williams’ (Inglewood, Calif.) jump of 21-10 1/4, in the long jump, was good enough to get the BSU men’s team their only individual first place finish of the weekend. Along with Williams, senior Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) picked up a third place in the high jump (6-6), and sophomore Tommy Crummy (Argyle, Minn.) finished in a tie for fifth place in the pole vault, clearing 14-9.

On the track Bemidji State got its best finish from sophomore James Winsor (Hopkins, Minn.) who finished second in the 400-meter dash (49.57). Winsor was just .03 behind the first place finisher. Sophomore Mike Hougen (Bemidji, Minn.) added a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (15.77) and an eighth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.10).

Junior Tyson Kuznia (Argyle, Minn.) also competed in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles for BSU. Kuznia grabbed a fourth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (59.13) and a seventh place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (16.10).

Bemidji State is scheduled to next be in action on April 16 in both the Jim Duncan Invitation in Des Moines, Iowa, and at the Al Cassell Relays in Jamestown, N.D.