Records fall after first month of indoor competition
Thursday, February 12, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Six school records have been broken by the Bemidji State indoor track and field squad through the first four meets of the season. Freshman Shelby McCrady (Montgomery, Minn.) has two of these, setting marks in both the 500-meter (1:18.37) and 600-meter (1:40.90) runs. “Shelby has untapped resources,” head coach Craig Hougen said. “By the time her career is over, she could hold four or five more records.”

Junior Caesare Stimson (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) posted a score of 3,098 at last weekend’s Bison Pentathlon, bettering Melanie Hoheisel’s school record in the process. Her performance leaves her ranked 2nd in the NSIC in that event. Stimson leaped 5-5 1/4 in the high jump the next day at the Bison Open, earning her provisional qualification for the national championships. Automatic qualification is granted to any jumper who clears 5-9 3/4. She holds a national rank of 17th and a rank of third in the NSIC in the high jump, and also is ranked No. 7 in the 55-meter hurdles.

After clearing the bar at 6-8 1/4, junior high jumper Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) currently holds the No. 1 ranking in the NSIC and the No. 17 rank in the nation. Schreiber, now provisionally qualified, is attempting to become the first male athlete from Bemidji State to qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships since Andy Eggerth competed in the 400-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles in 2000. He can earn automatic qualification to the Nationals by jumping 7-1, a feat only accomplished by two athletes so far this season.

Sophomore Christa Pribula (East Grand Forks, Minn.) shattered the one-mile run record by almost eight seconds with her run last weekend. Her blistering 5:22.73 mile garnered her a No. 4 conference ranking to go along with her No. 7 ranking in the 1000-meter run. Sophomore Sara Olson’s (Fairmont, Minn.) 42-3 1/4 weight throw toss also broke a school record.

McCrady, Stimson, freshman Lindsey Gregg (Bemidji, Minn.) and sophomore Shauna McInerney (Rainy River, Ontario) combined to set a school record in the 4x200 relay at the Super 8 Open three weekends ago with a time of 1:46.86. The women’s 4x400 relay team is currently ranked first in the conference, riding a 4:09.13 pace also set at the Super 8.

Bemidji State will compete this weekend at the Cobber Invitational in Moorhead, Minn. Hougen expects more of a team effort, with athletes rep-resenting the squad in almost every event. “We’re nursing a few injuries right now so we may not be at 100 percent, but we should be just fine for the weekend after,” Hougen said. He anticipates continued success at the conference meet, slated for February 26-28 in Wayne, Neb.