MANKATO, Minn. – The Bemidji State University track and field team wrapped up its 2017 indoor season Feb. 24-25 at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Track and field Championships. BSU qualified to compete in 10 events at the league’s marquee event and was headlined by a sprinter, a distance runner and its 4x400-meter relay team.
While unable to score any team points in the championships, Vanessa Rae Lopez was the Beavers’ top finisher, clocking a school-record 5:20.62 to finish 10th in the mile run. Her time trimmed nearly a second from Nicole Crummy’s 2015 record for the event competed on a 200-meter track. The senior already holds the school record for the mile run on a 300-meter, over-sized track (5:20.24).
Freshman Jada Barker missed qualifying for the finals in the 200-meter dash by 0.59 seconds, but posted a season-best time of 26.06 on the Meyers Fieldhouse 200-meter track. The time just missed her 25.85 set on a 300-meter track earlier this season.
Barker and Lopez teamed up with Alex Coleman and Christa Benson to post a season-best time in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet recorded a 4:04.49 and finished 12th overall.
In addition, the Coleman was 20th in the long jump (16-10.75) and 18th in the 400-meter dash (1:00.22). Madison Kealy clocked a personal-best 3:19.13 in the 1,000-meters to finish 15th just steps behind Lopez (3:10.23). Kealy also teamed up with Sarone Paulzine, Jane Austin and Benson to place 13th in the distance medley relay (14:17.93).
In the field events, Savannah Olson placed 11th in the shot put stretching the tape to 41 feet, 5.25 inches. Her throwing counterparts, Samara Tobeck and Genavieve Baklund competed in the weight throw, finishing 22nd (44-9.75) and 30th (36-0.75), respectively.
The Beavers will now shift their focus to the outdoor, events and 400-meter track. BSU’s first scheduled event is the St. John’s Invitational, set for Collegeville, Minn. April 8.
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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.