Barker leads BSU at Twin Ports Open

Barker leads BSU at Twin Ports Open
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Barker leads BSU at Twin Ports Open

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Newcomer Jada Barker continues to impress early in her Bemidji State University Track and Field career, winning the 60-meter dash event and leading the BSU 4x200-meter relay team to title at Twin Ports Open, Saturday.

Barker was one of two BSU individuals to earn event victories while the Beavers added three relay wins to finish the meet with five event titles.

In her second collegiate meet, Barker clocked a time of 8.04-seconds in the 60-meter dash to claim her second straight victory in that event, while placing fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:10.13) and teaming up with Alex Coleman, Kristen Petron and Christa Benson turn in a 1:52.55 in the 200-meter relay and claim an event title.

Sarone Paulzine, Vanessa Rae Lopez, Jane Austin and Madison Kealy posted a win in the 4x1,600-meter, collecting a school-record time of 24:14.87, while Paulzine, Lopez and Kealy teamed up with Petron for a distance medley relay win (14:44.54).

BSU also fared well in the throwing events. Savanah Olson recorded a toss of 40-feet, 7.75 inches on her fourth attempt in the shot put to win the event by more than six inches, while teammate Samara Tobeck finished second in the weight throw, logging a season-best distance of 46-9. 

The Beavers have the Cobber Duals and MSU Mavericks Open on their schedule for Jan. 27-28

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).