BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center) -- Multi-event athlete Ashley Larva (Jr., Floodwood, Minn.) led the Bemidji State University women’s track and field team with a dominate showing Saturday at the Beaver Classic. Larva garnered victories in the in the 60-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash to go along with a second-place finish in the long jump, while senior captain Kirsten Maras (Ramsey, Minn.) and newcomer Chelsea Borwege (Fr., Faribault, Minn.) set personal-best marks in the 800-meter run and pole vault, respectively.Larva was at the top of her game early and often, placing first or second in three events. The junior set a career-best time of 9.17 seconds in the prelims of the 60-m hurdles en-route to earning the top finish in the finals (9.22). The junior continued her dominance by pacing the field with a time of 26.69 seconds in the 200-m dash.
In addition to her efforts on the track, Larva also turned in a mark of 16 feet 2.50 inches to place second in the long jump.
Maras recorded a second-place finish in the 800-m as she flew around the track with a personal-best time of 2:19.83. Teammate Tina Larson (Jr., Cyrus, Minn. ) followed Maras home with a time of 2:26.59 to rank fourth.
Borwege soared to new heights in the pole vault, setting a personal-best mark of 10-06.25 to claim second. Borwege cleared her previous-best mark (10-00.50) by 6.10 inches.
Junior Michelle Ohman (Prior Lake, Minn.) grabbed second in the 400-m, clocking in with a time of one minute and 1.34 seconds (1:01.34).
Taylor Sautbine (Jr., Tamarack, Minn.) used her multi-event talents to finish second in the 60-m dash (8.14), fourth in the long jump (15-04.75) and place sixth in the shot put with a career-best toss of 34-04.00.
Freshman Kaneeshia Johnson (Rosemount, Minn.) placed third in her first attempt at the 60-m dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 8.32.
Sophmore Sara Churness (Big Lake, Minn.) took fourth in the high jump with a mark of 4-07.00, while in the weight throw freshman Denna Hegg (Fr., Grove City, Minn.) and Katie Krepel (Fr., Plymouth, Minn.) hit new career-marks with distances of 43-02.00 and 29-00.50, respectively.
Hegg also landed a 2012-best mark of 32-11.25 to finish eighth in the shot put.
The 4x400-meter relay squad of Ohman, Mackenzie Haupert (So., Andover, Minn.), Larson and Maras posted a season-best time of 4:12.90 to place second, while the 4x200-m team also finished second as they crossed the line in 1:53.44.
The BSU women’s track and field team is in action next week when it travels to St. Cloud, Minn. Feb. 11 to compete in the Husky Open.
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