Bemidji State opens indoor season in Minneapolis
BEMIDJI , Minn. - The Bemidji State University indoor track and field teams are returning a little early from their break in order to open their 2006 indoor season at the Northwest Open in Minneapolis, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The competition, which includes a mix of NCAA Division I, II, and III schools along with several NAIA schools, is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the University Fieldhouse. Last season, BSU’s Christa Pribula (Sr.; East Grand Forks, Minn.) won the mile in the teams first competition of the year while throwers Adam Wilson (Sr.; Forest Lake, Minn.) and Justin Cox (Jr.; Menagha, Minn.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put. Head Coach Craig Hougen said his teams are looking forward to the competition. He hopes the competitive atmosphere will get his teams in a more focused mode after practicing for over a month without any competition. “It starts to wear on a team after they put so much training into something without ever getting to compete,” said Hougen. “This weekend will hopefully start things off on the right track and serve as a mark to improve on throughout the next couple weeks for our athletes.” The teams, which have not had an organized practice in nearly two weeks, will be meeting some of their teammates at the competition, but, Hougen doesn’t use the halt in practice time as a possible excuse for either the men’s or women’s team. “I really think we should get some strong finishes from our throwers,” said Hougen. “Guys like Cox and (Sara) Olson (Jr.; Fairmont, Minn.) have been throwing very well and practicing very hard throughout the break. We also have several newcomers that will have a opportunity to establish themselves in (Joe) Remitz (Soph.; Cass Lake, Minn.) and (Sheena) Devine (Soph.; Harris, Minn.). Hougen also feels that he will get a strong performance out of (Steve) Schreiber (Sr.; Forest Lake, Minn.), who was forced to sit out most of the indoor season last year due to injury before returning to capture his third straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor championship in the high jump. Before his injury, Schreiber also established a new BSU record in the indoor high jump with his mark of 6-10 at the BSU Alumni Meet on January 15, 2005.