BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University cross country team released its 2019 schedule Friday which features six meets, including a trip to the Disney Cross Country Classic Oct. 12 in Orlando, Fla.
BSU begins the season Sept. 6 at the Dragon Twilight in Moorhead, Minn. Sophomore Ryne Prigge led the Beavers at the 5,000-meter event last season with a 17th place finish, recording a time of 19:52.3 in her first collegiate meet. Junior Kristen Petron finished 29th followed closely by sophomore Allyna Storms in 30th.
The Beavers then travel to Falcon Heights, Minn., Sept. 28 to take part in the Roy Griak Invitational. BSU will compete at the Les Bolstad Golf Course with the run beginning at 9:30 a.m. Prigge again led the Beavers at the Roy Griak during the 2018 meet with a 79th place time of 24:44.1. Two weeks later, Bemidji State will travel to Orlando, Fla., to run in the Disney Cross Country Classic hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Bemidji State will compete for all-conference recognition Oct. 26 at the NSIC Championships hosted by Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. At the 2018 NSIC Championships, Prigge paced BSU with a 39th place finish, recording a personal record time of 23:23.2 in the 6K run. Storms took the second-best finish for the Beavers, taking 58th with a personal record time of 24:07.4.
The NCAA Central Regional Championships will be hosted Nov. 9 in Joplin, Mo., for the second consecutive season. The Beavers will look to post NCAA qualifying marks to compete in the NCAA Championships hosted Nov. 23 in Sacramento, Calif.
The 2019 BSU roster returns five letterwinners from last season while welcoming in sophomore Mara Halvorson, who was on the track and field roster in 2018, and five true freshmen.
Sept. 6 – Dragon Twilight – Moorhead, Minn.
Sept. 28 – Roy Griak Invitational – Falcon Heights, Minn.
Oct. 12 – Disney Cross Country Classic – Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 26 – NSIC Championships – Wayne, Neb.
Nov. 9 – NCAA Central Region Championships – Joplin, Mo.
Nov. 23 – NCAA Championships – Sacramento, Calif.
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).