Bemidji State grabs three first place finishes in Huskies’ Open
Saturday, February 12, 2005
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - [results] - Junior Christa Pribula (East Grand Forks, Minn.) captured her first win since the opening meet of the year for Bemidji State as she crossed the finish line after 5:36.96 in the one-mile run for the Beavers’ as they competed in the Huskies’ Open in St. Cloud, Minn. Pribula also grabbed a second place finish in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:13.54.

BSU got the events kicked of with a one-two finish in the 55-meter dash from sophomore Jonathon Hawks (Gainsville, Ga.) and freshman Terrel Phelps (Lincolnton, Minn.) with 6.53 and 6.56 respectively. Along with his first place finish in the 55-meter dash, Hawks also captured a second place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.90).

On the day Bemidji State’s men grabbed two other second place finishes and three third place finishes. Sophomores Matt Bischoff (Fergus Falls, Minn.) and Ozzey Williams (Toledo, Ohio) claimed second in the 1,000-meter run (2:40.94) and the 55-meter hurdles (7.89).

Finishing in third place on the track for the men was sophomore James Winsor (Hopkins, Minn.) in the 500-meter dash (1:08.42) and junior Torry Joubert (Port Arthur, Texas) in the 400-meter dash (51.98).
In the men’s high jump, senior Travis Schwarz (Pine City, Minn.) also grabbed a third place finish with his jump of 6-2 1/2.

For the women, freshman Ashley Spolarich’s (Maple Lake, Minn.) leap of 5-2 1/2 was good enough for a third place finish in the high jump.

Bemidji State captured the top three spots in the men’s shot put behind tosses of 51-4 from junior Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.), 51 3/4 from sophomore RJ Gross (Jamestown, N.D.) and a 50-6 1/4 heave from sophomore Justin Cox (Menahga, Minn.).

On the track for the women, sophomore Shanna Anderson (Crane Lake, Minn.) had two fourth place finishes for BSU. Anderson finished fourth in both the 200-meter dash (27.31) and the 400-meter dash (1:02.89).

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships get kicked off on Sunday in Aberdeen, South Dakota, as Spolarich along with fellow freshmen Joe Bernau (Courtland, Minn.) and Angela Miller (Grove City, Minn.) travel with seniors Ben Mettling (Pine City, Minn.) and Rob Kucher (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) to participate in the pentathlon and heptathlon. The women will compete on Sunday while the men will stretch out their competition between Sunday and Monday.

The rest of the BSU men’s and women’s track team will have one more opportunity to fine tune themselves before the NSIC indoor meet (Feb. 25-26) as the Beavers host their annual Beaver Classic on Friday (Feb. 18) at the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center.