BSU Prepares For 2003 Outdoor Conference Championships; Three Beavers Look To Repeat As League Champions
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Bemidji, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s outdoor track teams are set to compete at the 2003 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships held in Moorhead, Minn., May 9-10. Last season, the BSU men took third while the women placed fifth. Minnesota-Duluth won both team titles last year.

The women already have one outdoor individual title accredited to its name, a repeat champion in junior Caesare Stimson. Stimson won the NSIC heptathlon crown, April 28, with 4,533 total points. That output was good for a BSU record - the old one was held by Christy Risberg in 1996 with 4,528 points.

“It depends on where will we finish because I see a number of teams competing for that third through fifth spot,” said head coach Craig Hougen. “I think UM-D will win it and Winona State could be second. From there, it will be interesting to see who follows.”

Returning as the 10,000m NSIC champion from a year ago is senior Martha Miltich. Miltich’s time of 39:14.51 placed her in the Bemidji State annals.

“It is going to be hard to beat Martha,” said Hougen. “She is focused and driven to be a conference champion and it will be fun to watch her. I think she is going to win.”

Hougen feels that the women will be quite balanced across the board and led by three top-place performers - Stimson, Miltich and junior Melanie Hoheisel.

“I think these three will be champions in their events,” said Hougen. “We will work them hard in as many events as possible.”

Hoheisel set a new Beaver record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.85 at the University of North Dakota Invite - the old mark was set in 1975 by Jeanee Larson in 15.24.

On the men’s side, two performers look to repeat as champions: senior Steve Leuer in the 10,000m and sophomore Jeff Spotts in the javelin throw. Junior Jason Carlson and senior Drew Peterson of the 2002 NSIC 4x100 relay championship squad are back as well. That team won the title en route to a BSU-program best time of 41.90.

“We have grandiose ideas of winning it,” said Hougen. “But, I think we will take second. If we do what we can do, we will come in second.”

Leuer, who holds the school mark in the outdoor 1,500m (3:56.27), might be used in as many events as possible to score more points for the team.

“Leuer might not run in the 10,000m, because we want more points out of him,” said Hougen. “I am leaning right now to use him in the 800m, 5,000m, mile run, 4x800 relay and possibly the 4x400 relay to get the most out of him.”

Currently in the conference, Spotts ranks second and looks to improve this weekend. “Spotts will be All-NSIC for sure and has a chance to win that title,” said Hougen. “I think Jeremy Dinius will be all-conference as well. He could be the one guy to knock Spotts off.”

One athlete that has peaked near the end is sophomore Steve Schreiber. He holds the program record in the high jump with a leap of 6’10 3/4” at the Ron Masanz Open last weekend. A recipient of the NSIC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for April 28th, Schreiber has won five high jump titles this spring season and has bettered 6’8” on five occasions.

“Schreiber will win without any problems,” said Hougen. “The problem might be the weather as there is a 60% chance of rain. For him to go any higher than his 6’10”+ mark in that weather is nearly impossible.”
The middle to long distance events seems to be the strong suit for the Beaver men, according to Hougen.

“We might have Leuer being a champion,” said Hougen. “We could have three people place in the top-eight, everything from the 200m and up.”

Field events begin at 3:00 p.m. with the track events starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Ron Masanz Track and Alex Nemzek Stadium. A full description of the schedule follows.

2003 NSIC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - MOORHEAD, MINN.
Friday, May 9
Field Events

3:00 PM Long Jump, Javelin - Men; Pole Vault, Hammer - Women
5:30 PM Javelin, Long Jump - Women; Pole Vault, Hammer - Men
Track Events
3:30 PM 800 Meter Prelims- Women
3:40 PM 800 Meter Prelims- Men
3:50 PM 3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals- Women
4:10 PM 3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals- Men
4:25 PM 400 Meter Dash Prelims - Women
4:35 PM 400 Meter Dash Prelims - Men
4:45 PM 100 Meter Dash Prelims - Women
4:55 PM 100 Meter Dash Prelims - Men
5:15 PM 100 Meter High Hurdles Prelims - Women
5:25 PM 110 Meter High Hurdles Prelims - Men
5:40 PM 4x800 Meter Relay Final- Women
5:55 PM 4x800 Meter Relay Final- Men
6:10 PM 200 Meter Dash Prelims - Women
6:20 PM 200 Meter Dash Prelims - Men
6:30 PM 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles Prelims - Women
6:45 PM 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles Prelims - Men
7:00 PM 10,000 Meter Run Finals- Men and Women together

Saturday, May 10
Field Events

11:00 AM Discus, High Jump- Women; Shot Put, Triple Jump - Men
1:00 PM Discus, High Jump- Men; Shot Put, Triple Jump- Women
Track Events

1:50 PM National Anthem
2:00 PM 4x100 Meter Relay Finals- Women
2:05 PM 4x100 Meter Relay Finals- Men
2:15 PM 1500 Meter Run Finals- Women
2:30 PM 1500 Meter Run Finals- Men
2:45 PM 100 Meter High Hurdles Finals- Women
2:55 PM 110 Meter High Hurdles Finals- Men
3:00 PM 400 Meter Dash Finals- Women
3:05 PM 400 Meter Dash Finals- Men
3:15 PM 100 Meter Dash Finals- Women
3:25 PM 100 Meter Dash Finals- Men
3:30 PM 800 Meter Run Finals- Women
3:35 PM 800 Meter Run Finals- Men
3:45 PM 400 Meter IM Finals- Women
3:55 PM 400 Meter IM Finals- Men
4:00 PM 200 Meter Dash Finals- Women
4:05 PM 200 Meter Dash Finals- Men
4:15 PM 5000 Meter Run Finals- Women
4:40 PM 5000 Meter Run Finals- Men
5:10 PM 4x400 Meter Relay Finals- Women
5:20 PM 4x400 Meter Relay Finals- Men
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony
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