BSU to host NSIC Indoor Championships
Thursday, February 24, 2005
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State University will play host to the 2005 NSIC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday. This is the 37th year that the Northern Sun has held a conference championship for Indoor Track and Field.

The team titles are up for grabs this year, as the men’s and women’s reigning champ, Minnesota Duluth, is no longer a member of the NSIC. Last year’s runners-up, Wayne State men and Winona State women, look to finish one spot higher. After last week’s multi-events championships, Northern State leads the men’s side with 18 points, while Winona State paces the women with 14 points.

Only three returning champs rank in the top five in the NSIC this year. Bemidji State’s Steve Schrieber had an early jump of 6-10 in his only meet this year to lead the NSIC. Matt Jahnke of MSU Moorhead is atop the NSIC rankings in the pole vault with an effort of 15’ 0”, three inches better than his winning effort last year. Going along with the Dragons’ recent success in that event, Brooke Wehri returns to defend her title leading the conference with a 12-6 effort, over a foot better than her winning mark last year.

Youth seems to be the theme this year with several freshman expected to play big roles in the team outcome. A total of five events are led by freshman going into this weekend. In addition to the rookies making noise, juniors Adam Wilson from Bemidji State (throws) and Winona State’s Deidra Faber (sprints, jumps, hurdles) will look to continue their impressive seasons.

The event gets underway Friday, February 25, with field events beginning at 2 p.m. and track events commencing at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, February 26, the championships will conclude as the field events start at 9 a.m. and the races beginning at noon.

The awards ceremony will follow the last event, the 4x400m relays, which are scheduled for 3 p.m. For a complete schedule and more information visit the NSIC Indoor Championship web site.