NEW ORLEANS -- Sophomore Ryne Prigge headlined Bemidji State University cross country’s selection as an all-academic team, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Prigge, a sophomore from Ely, Minn., is a nursing major and qualified for the all-academic team for the first time in her career. To qualify for all-academic distinction, she had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished among the top-30 percent at the NCAA Central Region Championship. Prigge led BSU in each of its five meets this season, including a 47th-place finish at the regional meet with a 6,000-meter personal record time of 22:48.81.
BSU was named as an all-academic team for the third consecutive season under head coach Kevin Kean. The Beavers squad finished the fall semester with a 3.73 GPA, its highest among the past three seasons on the list.
Overall, there were 13 of the 16 women’s cross country teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference that received all-academic honors.
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).