Bemidji State captures five event titles at Spite the Flood Meet
Monday, May 6, 2013
Bemidji State captures five event titles at Spite the Flood Meet

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Taylor Sautbine (Sr., Tamarack, Minn), Tina Larson (Sr., Morris, Minn.) and Ashley Larva (Fr., Floodwood, Minn.) each won event titles as the Bemidji State University track and field team collected five first-place finishes at the Concordia College Spite the Flood Meet Saturday in Moorhead, Minn.

Sautbine led all BSU competitors logging a pair of individual first-place finishes and was a part of the Beavers' school-record 100-meter title team (48.49). The senior’s individual victories came in the 100- and 200-meter dash races. She broke the tape in 12.56 in the 100-meter race and her 25.86 was just off her season-best time in the 200.

Fellow senior and 4x100-meter relay teammate Larva clocked a 14.95 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to capture the event title, while Larson won the 1,500-meter run, coming within 0.29 seconds from a 23-year-old school record (4:46.80), crossing the finish line in a season-best 4:47.09 to claim first-place.

Sara Melom (Fr., Dawson, Minn.) and Tia Lindberg (So., Chisholm, Minn.) teamed up with Larva and Sautbine for the 4x100-meter relay. The quartet not only earned first place in the race, edging the field by nearly two seconds, they shaved 0.26 from a school record established last spring.

In addition, Melom finished just behind Sautbine's 200-meter pace, clocking a 26.44 to place second.

The Bemidji State track and field team now turns its focus to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Outdoor Championships. The team will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. Thursday, with the competition scheduled to begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw, women's javelin, men's pole vault and the women's 10,000-meter run. The meet, which is being hosted by Augustana College, will conclude Saturday.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.