Beavers Prepare for NSIC Championships
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams left town Wednesday on a charter bus, ready to run down the opposition at the 2004 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships in Wayne, Neb. The meet will commence with the men’s and women’s pentathlons on Thursday, with all other events held on Friday and Saturday.

Junior Caesare Stimson (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) is expected to lead the way for the women’s side. Stimson, slated to participate in a team-high four events, enters the meet ranked second in the conference in the pentathlon and third in the high jump and holds school records in both of these events. She will also compete in the 55-meter hurdles and the 55-meter dash. The women’s 4x400 meter relay team ranks first in the conference, nailing down a time of 4:09.13 earlier in the season.

Holding down the second seed in the conference in both the shot put and weight throw, sophomore Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.) is expected to score many points for the Beavers. Wilson is now the school’s record holder in the shot put after his 51-6 1/2 toss at the Bison Classic last week. Junior Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) heads to Nebraska as the odds-on favorite to defend his NSIC high jump title. His 6-8 1/2 jump at the Bison Open in early February ranks him first in the conference.

The team will have another possible foe in the track itself. At just 160 meters in circumference, the track is 40 meters shorter than the one the squad is used to practicing on at the Gillett Recreation Center. Head coach Craig Hougen anticipates good results, even though the team wll have to overcome the tighter turns.

“The men could finish at least second, and the women could be anywhere from third to fifth,” Hougen said. “As a team we will do well, but it will all come down to who’s going to have their best day.”