Horob breaks own school record at NSIC Championships
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Horob breaks own school record at NSIC Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Junior Hailey Horob broke the school pole vault record to headline the Bemidji State University contingent at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/US Bank Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 8-9 at Lillibridge Track and Field Complex in Sioux Falls, S.D. Horob was one of four contenders for BSU to record a personal-best mark at the meet.

Just two weeks removed from breaking an eight-year-old record with a pole vault of 11-feet, 7.25-inches, Horob raised the bar to 11-07.75 at the championships to better her mark, but found herself on the outside looking in, finishing in ninth place.

Samatha Velde scored team points for BSU recording a personal-best 118-09in the javelin to finish sixth. The mark surpassed her previous best mark by nearly 20 feet to jump in on the scoring.

Nicole Crummy, who was the strength of BSU's middle-distance events all season, recorded a personal-best two-minutes, 18.73 seconds in the 800-meter run preliminary race, running in the first heat. Although her time would have placed her eighth in the finals, she was less than a second out of qualifying for the finals and saw her junior season come to an end without a chance to score for the Beavers.

Finally, on the heels of her first collegiate victory in the 5,000-meter run at the Cobber Twilight (April 28), Jolynne Denman clocked a personal-best 19:53.84 in the event, trimming more than 12 seconds for her best time to finish 25th.

The University of Mary won its fourth straight NSIC/US Bank Outdoor Track and Field Championships amassing 162 points to win the title by 53 points over second place Augustana College. The Beavers finished with three team points.

The championships served as the final event for Craig Hougen as the Head Coach of the BSU track and field team. Hougen, who announced his retirement earlier this year, walked away from a program he has mentored for the last 26 years. During his tenure, BSU teams have produced two NSIC championships, five individual national champions, 30 All-Americans, six Academic All-America picks and nearly 400 all-conference performers. In addition, his teams and team members have been regularly honored for academic success by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.

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