Bemidji State runners set sights on Randy Smith Invitational
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Bemidji State runners set sights on Randy Smith Invitational
BEMIDJI, Minn. --  The Bemidji State University cross country team continues its 2011 season Friday as it completes in the Randy Smith Invitational.  The 6,000-meter race is set for 4 p.m. at the Ponderosa Golf Course in Glyndon, Minn.

The Beavers opened the 2011 campaign Sept. 2 with a third-place finish at the Valley City State Invitational.  Senior Kirsten Maras (Anoka, Minn.) led the way for the team clocking a time of 17-minutes and 2.00-seconds on the 4,000-meter course to place 15th individually.

In his  23rd season as head coach of the BSU cross country team, Craig Hougen returns eight runners from a 2010 squad that placed 10th at the NSIC Championship, while adding three newcomers.  Emily Paquin (Fr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) who finished 33rd overall and was the third BSU competitor to break the tape posting a time of 18:28.70 in her first collegiate race.

After a nearly two weeks free form competition, the Beavers return to action Sept. 24, they travel to Falcon Heights, Minn. to complete in the University of Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational.