Beavers head to Randy Smith Invitational
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Beavers head to Randy Smith Invitational

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Coming off a first place finish at the Greenwood Run Friday, the Bemidji State University cross country team heads to the Randy Smith Invitational Sept. 13 at Ponderosa Golf Club in Glyndon, Minn. The event, hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead, is a 5,000-meter race set for a 5 p.m. start.

The race includes eight teams, five of which are apart of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference: BSU, MSUM, University of Mary, Minot State University and Northern State University.

Sophomore Emily Turner (Bringham Lake, Minn.) guided the Beavers to victory at the 4,000-meter Greenwood with a time of 16 minutes and 49 seconds, which paced the field by 42 seconds for her first collegiate win. Freshman Nikki Szech (Long Prairie, Minn.) came in third with a time of 17:36, while junior Emily Paguin (Coon Rapids, Minn.) posted a fifth place finish with a time of 18:01.

The Beavers recorded a team time of 1:29:46.

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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).