BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University cross country program opens the 2019 season Friday, Sept. 6 with a 4,000-meter race at the Dragon Twilight in Moorhead, Minn. The squad of nine student-athletes will take part in the race that begins at 7:30 p.m. from the Bluestem Center for the Arts.
Bemidji State returns five letter winners from a season ago including BSU’s Athlete to Watch, sophomore Ryne Prigge, as named in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Prigge led BSU in all six meets a season ago, including the 2018 season-opening Dragon Twilight
Joining Prigge as a returner include senior Kristen Petron, juniors Carissa Decko and Ashley Herdering, and sophomore Allyna Storms. Petron set a personal record in the 5K last season at the Dragon Twilight with a time of 20:35.5 while Storms set a personal record in the 6K at the NSIC Championships with a time of 24:07.4. Storms took second among BSU runners in four of six meets while Petron took second in the other two.
Four freshmen join the roster including Mckenzie Evans, Lily Johnson, Jasmine Rascon and Emma Realing.
HEAD COACH KEVIN KEAN
Kevin Kean leads the Beaver Cross Country program into competition for his fifth season after joining Bemidji State in July of 2015. He has helped land nine student-athletes on the Fall Academic All-NSIC teams between 2015-18, including four NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence honorees. The Beavers finished 14th in the NSIC Cross Country Championship meet last season.
Following the Dragon Twilight, the Beavers will head to the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 28, in Falcon Heights, Minn.
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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).