JOPLIN, Mo. -- Six of Bemidji State University cross country’s seven runners set personal record times Saturday as the team completed the 2019 NCAA Central Regional Championship in Joplin, Mo. Sophomore Ryne Prigge paced the squad with a 47th-place finish while the Beavers took 25th overall as a team.
Prigge set her personal record time in the 6,000-meter race in 22:48.81 while finishing as the first Beaver among the top 50 at the regional meet since at least 2002. She also led the Beavers last season with a 103rd-place finish at the meet. Senior Kristen Petron followed Prigge in 132nd with a personal record time of 24:27.11. A trio fo freshmen finished third through fifth for the Beavers led by Mckenzie Evans in 155th with a time of 24:56.27.
As a team, Bemidji State finished 25th among 32 teams with an average time of 24:33, its fastest time in a 6K race as a team this season and the fastest for the program since the 2016 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship.
2019 NCAA Central Regional Championships – 6K Results
Ryne Prigge – 47th, 22:48.81 (PR)
Kristen Petron – 132nd, 24:27.11 (PR)
Mckenzie Evans – 155th, 24:56.27 (PR)
Lily Johnson – 163rd, 25:05.65 (PR)
Emma Realing – 186th, 25:25.82 (PR)
Ashley Herdering – 202nd, 25:56.73 (PR)
Carissa Decko – 220th, 41:06.0
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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).