Bemidji State tabbed 11th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Bemidji State tabbed 11th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Bemidji State University cross country team was tabbed 11th in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Wednesday in an announcement from the league office. Sophomore Emily Turner (Bringham Lake, Minn.) was named BSU’s Athlete to Watch.

The Beavers received 62 votes to post the 11th spot in the poll, led by five-time defending champion Augustana College. Second with the two remaining first place votes was University of Mary with 166 points. Winona State University was third with 161 points.

Bemidji State tied for 11th at the 2012 NSIC Championships. Turner is the top runner returning to the Beavers after posting a time of 26:56 at last year’s championship to finish 70th overall. She was consistently a top finisher for BSU as a freshman, which included finishing 22nd with a time of 16:45 in the 4,000-meter Valley City State University Invitational – her first-collegiate race.

The Beavers will warm up to the 2013 season with the annual Babe Run in Bemidji, Minn. Aug. 26 before hearing the starting gun for the first official race Sept. 6, as they host the Greenwood Run beginning at 4 p.m.

2013 NSIC Women's Cross Country Coaches' Poll
1 Augustana (13) 195
2 University of Mary (2) 166
3 Winona State  161
4 Minnesota Duluth 158
5 Minnesota State  156
6 Sioux Falls 127
7 MSU Moorhead 114
8 St. Cloud State  107
9 Northern State  88
10 Minot State  66
11 Bemidji State  62
12 Concordia-St. Paul 55
13 Southwest Minnesota State  53
14 Wayne State  47
15 Upper Iowa University 20
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).