MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University cross country program laced its shoes Friday evening for an official race for the first time in almost 700 days as seven student-athletes competed at the Dragon Twilight hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers combined to finish fourth among nine teams during the 4,000-meter race held at the Bluestem Center for the Arts.
All but one of BSU’s competing student-athletes ran their first career 4K with the Beavers, with the exception of senior Ryne Prigge. She led Bemidji State in the results with a 14th-place finish and a time of 15:17.6. Prigge’s time ranks second all-time in Beaver Cross Country history, trailing only herself with a time of 14:52.8 set at the same meet in 2019.
A sophomore duo making their first appearances on the course for BSU jumped into the record books while marking the fourth and fifth fastest 4K races in program history. Mary Goodwin crossed the finish line three spots behind Prigge in 17th with a time of 15:28.7 while Zoey Mills came in 21st with a time of 15:36.0.
Rounding out the top five for BSU was sophomore Abby Syverson in 46th with a time of 16:38.4 and senior Maryse Mbenoun with a time of 16:58.9.
The University of Mary brought home the team win as it crossed eight student-athletes among the top 10 finishers. Northern State University took second followed by MSU Moorhead in third to round out the top finishers ahead of BSU.
The Beavers return to the course Friday, Sept. 24 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn. BSU and the field of Division II and Division III student-athletes will begin the 6K at 12:45 p.m. from the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Dragon Twilight – 4K Results
14. Ryne Prigge – 15:17.6
17. Mary Goodwin – 15:28.7 (PR)
21. Zoey Mills – 15:36.0 (PR)
46. Abby Syverson – 16:38.4 (PR)
52. Maryse Mbenoun – 16:58.9 (PR)
54. Carol Miller – 17:02.1 (PR)
70. Natalie Fultz – 18:19.9 (PR)
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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).