Bemidji State cross country shows promise at Randy Smith Invitational
Friday, September 12, 2014
Bemidji State cross country shows promise at Randy Smith Invitational

GLYNDON, Minn. (Ponderosa Golf Club) -- Bemidji State University junior Emily Turner (Windom, Minn.) turned in a 19:23 and placed 21st individually to lead the BSU cross country team Friday at the Randy Smith Invitational.  The Beavers placed sixth.

The Beavers team score of 142 left the team 18 points behind Concordia College (Minn.) for fifth place (124). University of Mary, which placed three of the top five finishers, took the team title with 30 points.

Molly Montonye of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, who clocked a time of 17:19 to shade the rest of the field by nine seconds, won the individual race.

Each of Bemidji State’s seven returning runners shaved time from her 2013 Randy Smith Invite marks, led by Turner, who trimmed 48 seconds form her 2013 time. BSU largest improvement came from Mikayla Connell (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.), who placed 43rd after turning in a time of 21:08—an improvement of 1:41 over her 2013 mark in the 5,000-meter race.

Bemidji State returns to action Sept. 27 when it travels to St. Paul, Minn. To participate in the University of Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational.

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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).