Maras breaks school record with win in the 800-m
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Maras breaks school record with win in the 800-m
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center) -- Senior captain Kristen Maras (Ramsey, Minn.) set a school record on her way to winning the 800-meter run, while teammate Ashley Larva (Jr., Floodwood, Minn.) garnered a pair of victories in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles to lead the Bemidi State University women’s track and field team at the Beaver Twilight.

Maras crossed the finish line in a blazing two minutes, 18.81 seconds (2:18.81) to grab the crown and break former BSU All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle’s record of 2:19.11.

Larva and Taylor Sautbine (Jr., Tamarack, Minn.) continued the fast-paced action as they posted career-best times in the 60-meter dash and 60 hurdles with a pair of one-two finishes.

A photo finish was needed to determine the outcome in the 60-m dash between the two juniors. Larva edged Sautbine by two thousandths of a second to claim the crown, with  Larva clocking in at 8.028 and Sautbine crossing the line in 8.030.  

Larva had the upper hand again in the 60 hurdles as she broke the tape in 9.16 seconds to place first, while Sautbine sprinted home in second (9.41). The two juniors set personal-best times in the prelims with Larva finishing in 9.15 seconds and Sautbine in 9.37.

In addition to the pair of victories, Larva finished second in the 200 with a personal-best 26.21 seconds. Sautbine placed fourth with a indoor-best mark of 27.21, while multi-sport athlete Bethany Thompson (Jr., Owatonna, Minn.) finished her first attempt at the distance in 29.57 seconds. Thompson is also an outside hitter in the fall on the BSU volleyball team.  

Michelle Ohman
(Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.) would maintain BSU’s winning ways in the 600 as she raced home with a season-best time of 1:38.74. MacKenzie Haupert (So., Andover, Minn.) chased Ohman’s winning mark, placing fourth with a 2012-best time of 1:44.58.

Tina Larson (Jr., Cyrus, Minn.) led an all-BSU race to the finish line in the 1000 with a career-best time of 3:13.10. Tess Boucher (Fr., Alexandria, Minn.) came in second (3:19.57), while Kasey Lasch (Fr., Wahpeton, N.D.) rounded out the race in third (3:37.54).

On the field, the Beavers were led by Chelsea Borwege’s (Fr., Faribault, Minn.) height of 9 feet, one-quarter inch (9-00.25) to finish second in the pole vault. Freshman Kaitlyn Quast (Hutchinson, Minn.) finished sixth and sophomore Marisa Oldrady (Blaine, Minn.) came in seventh as both vaulters cleared 7-06.50 in the event.

Danielle Wold (So., Hatton, ND) placed sixth, Thompson seventh and Sara Churness (So., Big Lake, Minn.) eighth in the high jump. All three Beavers cleared a height of 4-7.75, with the least amount of misses in the event placing higher.

Newcomer Denna Hegg (Fr., Grove City, Minn.) finished with tosses of 36-02.75 in the weight throw and 30-08.25 in the shot put to place ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Beavers are in action next week as they trek to Mankato, Minn. to compete in the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 24-25. Events get underway at 3:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Myers Fieldhouse on the campus of Minnesota State, Mankato.

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