Beavers prepare for NSIC outdoor championships
Thursday, May 6, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State’s outdoor track and field team will travel to the shores of Lake Superior to compete in the final meet of their season this weekend. The two-day Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Duluth, Minn.

The men’s squad enters the meet with three athletes ranked second in the NSIC in their events. Sophomore Tyson Kuznia (Argyle, Minn.), junior Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) and sophomore Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.) hold the No. 2 seed in the 400-meter hurdles, high jump, and shot put, respectively.

Head coach Craig Hougen anticipates a better result for the men’s team than their fourth-place finish at this year’s indoor championships. “If we compete as well as we can, there’s no reason why we’ll finish any lower than second or third,” he said.

Already the holder of the conference heptathlon crown, senior Caesare Stimson (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) is also ranked in the NSIC’s top ten in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, javelin, and high jump. Sophomore Christa Pribula (East Grand Forks, Minn.), holder of Bemidji State’s 3000-meter steeplechase record, is ranked second in the NSIC in the event. Ranked third in the 400-meter dash, freshman Nicole Friend (International Falls, Minn.) is the only other member of the women’s team to enter an event with a top-three seed.

“(The women’s team) will have some quality high places,” Hougen said. “It depends on who shows up, but we will have six or seven girls that will do extremely well.”

The championship will be held at Griggs Field on the campus of Minnesota-Duluth. Field events are scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm on Friday, with the meet wrapping up late Saturday afternoon.