Beaver men and women place 4th in Cobber Twilight
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Cobber Twilight Tuesday evening hosted by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished in fourth place in the event. The Beavers were led by sophomore runner Tyler Lange (Nicollet, Minn.) and Genna Ironi (Jr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) who were both victorious in the 800-meter run.

Lange fought his way to the finish line edging out his opponents in a close race with a time of 1:59.94. In the process, Lange’s time marks a new personal best for the sophomore runner. Distance runner Billy Sackett (So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) had another strong showing for the Beavers finishing in third place in the 5000-meter run (16:30.18).

Raphael Gelo (Fr.,Kabetogama, Minn.) placed second in the pole vault clearing a height of 14-3.25 feet. With his leap, Gelo surpassed his previous personal best of 13-10.00.

The Beaver men’s team finished the meet with 75.5 team points which was good enough for fourth place. Concordia Moorhead won the men’s meet with a final score of 184.2 points. The BSU women’s squad completed the meet with 75 points. The Cobber women’s team also placed first scoring 243 points.

Sophomore sprinter Kristi Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn.) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.14, while adding a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.15). Ironi placed first in the 800-meter run crossing the tape in 2:25.87, edging her closest opponent by two seconds. Freshman runner Alison Hougen (Bemidji, Minn.) took second place in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 13:18.08 marking her personal best time.

The Beavers will continue competition in the 2009 outdoor season this weekend when they travel to Jamestown, N.D. to compete in the 55th Annual Al Cassell Relays. The meet is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start on Saturday April 25.