Bemidji State runners finish second at NSIC Championship
Saturday, October 23, 2004
WAYNE, Neb. - Bemidji State’s cross country team, powered by top-five finishes from both junior Christa Pribula (East Grand Forks, Minn.) and sophomore Nicole Friend (International Falls, Minn.), finished in second place at Saturday’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship. The run was held on the windy campus of Wayne State College.

“Everybody did what they could do, so we’re happy with the result,” head coach Craig Hougen said.

Pribula, who earned All-Conference honors for the third time in her three-year career, posted a third-place finish with a time of 24:19. She has improved her placing in the NSIC Championship every year, finishing ninth in 2002 and fourth in 2003.

Friend completed the six-kilometer course in 24:59, narrowly shaving Northern State’s Jenny Rose for fifth place in the championship. Also a member of the women’s basketball and indoor track and field teams, Friend becomes the first BSU runner not named Christa Pribula to earn All-Conference honors since Kandi Brick did so in 1998.

Winona State won the team championship, ending a lengthy 12-year streak of Minnesota-Duluth titles. The Warriors’ Amelia Soto finished the track in 24:01 to claim the individual championship. She was followed by Northern State’s Lindsey Lesnar, who earned second place with a 24:12 time.

Freshman Brittney Olson (Maple Grove, Minn.) and sophomore Ali Judkins (Bemidji, Minn.) were both among the first 20 runners to find the finish line. Olson’s 25:44 time placed her in 13th, while Judkins’ 19th-place result bettered her 2003 finish by 12 positions.

Saturday’s second-place finish represents BSU’s best finish at the NSIC Championship since the squad placed second in 1997. Bemidji State’s last conference title came in 1989.

Winona State 41
Bemidji State 65
Northern State 72
MSU-Moorhead 88
Wayne State 92
Concordia-St. Paul 155

3 Christa Pribula 24:19
5 Nicole Friend 24:59
13 Brittney Olson 25:44
19 Ali Judkins 26:05
26 Brianna McGill 26:50
32 Jillian Schuster 27:10
41 Janel Budenski 28:15
43 Adonia McCormick 28:50
46 Dominique Quinn 29:42
48 Tonya Skime 29:54
49 Erin Hanson 31:18