Spolarich, Wilson and Lais Grab First at the Cobber Open
Sunday, February 6, 2005
MOORHEAD , Minn. - Adam Wilson and Pat Lais each claimed first place in their respective events for the men while freshman Ashley Spolarich jumped into first place in the women's high jump to lead the Bemidji State University indoor track and field team Saturday at the Cobber Open in Moorhead, Minn.

In her first season on the team, freshman Ashley Spolarich (Maple Lake, Minn.) is already making a contribution. Spolarich out-jumped the rest of the competition to take first place in the women's high jump with a height of 5-1 3/4.

Junior Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.) grabbed another first place finish for the second consecutive weekend. Since setting the school record in the weight throw on Jan. 22, Wilson has been nearly perfect in the throwing events winning both the weight throw and the shot put on Jan. 29. This weekend saw much of the same for Wilson as he grabbed first in the shot put with a throw of 50-6. Wilson also contended for the weight throw finishing third with a toss of 52-10 3/4.

Senior Pat Lais (Slayton, Minn.) captured the only first place finish on the track for BSU in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:24.62. With the finish Lais shaved .39 off of his already second place seat on the NSIC’s top performer list.

BSU notched two third-place finishes on the weekend as well. Sophomore Shanna Anderson (Crane Lake, Minn.) finished third in the 600-meter run with a time on 1:48.57 while junior Tyson Kuznia (Argyle, Minn.) did the same in the final of the 55-meter hurdles with his time of 8.05. Anderson’s finish moved her into fourth on this season’s NSIC top performers list.

Overall head coach Craig Hougen said he was happy with the strides the team has made from the beginning of the season.

“I’m pleased with the performance of our team as a whole,” Hougen said. “Today we hit on every event for both the men and the women with individuals making improvements on the season.”

The men and women’s track and field team will next be in action as they travel to St. Cloud for the Husky Open on Saturday.