Beaver men in second place after Day Two
Friday, February 27, 2004
WAYNE, Neb. - After Friday’s events at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Bemidji State’s men sit in second place with 43.5 team points, 9.5 back of Minnesota-Duluth.

The Beavers’ highest-scoring event was the shot put, in which sophomore Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.), freshman Justin Cox (Menahga, Minn.), and freshman R.J. Gross (Jamestown, N.D.) all tallied points. Wilson finished in second place with a 49-9 1/2 throw, ahead of Cox (fourth, 48-3 1/2) and Gross (eighth, 44-8 1/4).

Senior Mitch Cooper (Davenport, Iowa) broke his own school record, set during the 2001 campaign, with a 23-5 1/4 leap in the long jump. Cooper missed provisional qualification for the 2004 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships by only a quarter of an inch. Junior Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) was BSU’s only other event winner on Friday night, successfully defending his NSIC high jump crown by clearing the bar at 6-7 1/2.

Both the men’s and women’s 4x800-meter relay squads finished fourth. The men carded a time of 8:19.76, while the women crossed the finish line at 10:04.35.

Junior Caesare Stimson (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) was the top female performer for the Beavers, finishing in sixth place in the high jump with a height of 5-3 1/2. The women currently sit in seventh place with just eight points, but head coach Craig Hougen is confident that they won’t be idling there for too much longer.

“We do have quite a few women in the finals, ready to score some points. Hopefully, we can get it done tomorrow,” Hougen said.

The final leg of the three-day meet begins early on Saturday morning. Points are scored on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis in each event, with first place receiving 10 points and eighth place garnering one.

BSU Individual Point Scorers - Men
1st - Mitch Cooper Long jump 23-5 1/4
[Broke school record (Mitch Cooper, 2001, 22-10)]
1st - Steve Schreiber High jump 6-7 1/2
2nd - Adam Wilson Shot put 49-9 1/2
4th - Justin Cox Shot put 48-3 1/2
6th - Travis Schwarz Pentathlon 3022
6th - Travis Schwarz High jump 6-1 1/2
8th - R.J. Gross Shot put 44-8 1/4

BSU Individual Point Scorers - Women
6th - Caesare Stimson High jump 5-3 1/2

BSU Relay Point Scorers - Men
4th - 4x800-meter 8:19.76

BSU Relay Point Scorers - Women
4th - 4x800-meter 10:04.35