NSIC names BSU's Hopkins as latest conference award winner
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State University's Ben Hopkins has been recognized at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Male Track Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Beaver Classic in Bemidji on Friday, the league announced today.

In the short distance sprints, Hopkins ran away with two first place finishes in Bemidji State's Gillett Recreation Fitness Center at the Beavers hosted a dual against the University of North Dakota. In the men's 55-meter dash Hopkins won with his time of 6:56. Hopkins later claimed victory in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 23.10.

Currently, Hopkins ranks fourth in the conference in the 55-meter dash and second in the NSIC in the 200-meter dash.

The award is the first for Hopkins this season and the 10th individual conference award to be won by a member of the BSU track and field teams this season. Hopkins is the second member of the men's team to be recognized for his accomplishments on the track. Todd Zeidler was the recipient of the NSIC Male Track Athlete of the Week award on Feb. 8.

Bemidji State's track and field teams will next be in action as they host the NSIC Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships at the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center beginning on Friday. The two-day event will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday with field events getting under way. Action is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

A complete schedule and more information is available at the NSIC Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships web site. A link has been placed on the front page of the Bemidji State Athletics web site or can be accessed by clicking here.

Bemidji State 2006 NSIC Track and Field Athletes of the Week
January 10 - Joe Remitz (Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 10 - Sheena Devine (Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 17 - M’Kelle Tomberlin (Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 25 - Joe Remitz (Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 31 - Justin Cox (Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 31 - M’Kelle Tomberlin (Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Week)
February 8 - Adam Wilson (Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week)
February 8 - Todd Zeidler (Indoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Week)
February 15 - Shelby Hougen (Indoor Women's Track Athlete of the Week)
February 21 - Ben Hopkins (Indoor Men's Track Athlete of the Week)
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