Paulzine named Athlete to Watch in NSIC Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

Paulzine named Athlete to Watch in NSIC Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Monday, August 14, 2017
Paulzine named Athlete to Watch in NSIC Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University cross country came in at 13th as the 2017 Northern Sun intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released. The Beavers will be led on event day by junior Sarone Paulzine, who was selected as the program’s NSIC Athlete to Watch.

Bemidji State received 49 points to finish 13th overall in the preseason poll. University of Mary took 14 first-place votes and 196 total points to finish first, followed by University of Minnesota Duluth with one first-place vote and 180 total points. Augustana University, Winona State University and Northern State University round out the top five selections.

Paulzine, a native of Barnum, Minn., improved her personal best times last season with marks of 16:01.4 in the 4,000-meter run at the Dragon Twilight and 23:51.2 in the 6,000-meter run at the NCAA Region Championship. She competed in five total events in 2016, including her 6,000-meter season-best to finish the season.

Head Coach Kevin Kean, in his third season with BSU, helped improve every returners personal-best 6,000-meter times last season. He also coached two Fall Academic All-NSIC runners in senior Amanda Anderson and junior Courtney Anderson.

The Beavers will compete in two meets during the month of September and one in the month of October before the NSIC Championships on Oct. 21. BSU begins the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 8 at the Dragon Twilight.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Total Points

  1. U-Mary (14) 196
  2. Minnesota Duluth (1) 180
  3. Augustana 164
  4. Winona State 157
  5. Northern State 134
  6. MSU Moorhead 132
  7. Minnesota State 131
  8. St. Cloud State 99
  9. Sioux Falls 95
  10. Southwest Minnesota State 78
  11. Concordia-St. Paul 59
  12. Minot State 53
  13. Bemidji State 49
  14. Wayne State 32
  15. Upper Iowa 16

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).