Track & Field shines with record-breaking events in California

Track & Field shines with record-breaking events in California
Friday, April 19, 2019
Track & Field shines with record-breaking events in California

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University found great success over a three-day meet week as five program records were broken, six NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks were met, and 16 personal record marks were set at five meets in California and Minnesota.

Sophomore Venice Stewart set two program records in the 100-meter (11.88) and 200m (24.19) dashes, joining new program marks set by senior Christa Benson in the heptathlon (4,634), junior Gena Baklund in the hammer throw (172-feet-9-inches), and the 4x100m relay team of Stewart, Jonae Bond, Jada Barker, and Beatrice Kjelland (46.86).

Baklund’s, Benson’s, Stewart’s, and the 4x100m relay team’s records also met the NCAA Division II Outdoor Provisional Qualifying marks. Prior to setting the current BSU program record in the 4x100m relay, the team broke the outdoor record the day prior with a time of 46.87, which was 0.01 seconds shy of reaching the provisional mark. Freshman Zoe Christensen joined the program record-breakers while meeting the NCAA provisional mark with a personal record shot put throw of 46-0.

The Beavers took part in the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 17-19) in Asuza, Calif., Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (April18) in Long Beach, Calif., Cal State LA Twilight (April 18) in Los Angeles, Calif., Manitou Classic (April 18) in Northfield, Minn., and the Lady Bear Twilight (April 19) in St. Paul, Minn. Through BSU’s five meets, the team totaled 19 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.

BSU quickly returns to action Tuesday, April 23 with a trip to take part in the Cobber Twilight in Moorhead, Minn.

Bryan Clay Invitational | Asuza, Calif.
Heptathlon
Christa Benson - 3rd, 4,634 (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
100m Hurdles
Christa Benson – 3rd, 15.00
High Jump
Christa Benson – 5th, 4-11.75/1.52m
Shot Put
Christa Benson – 6th, 33-01.75/10.10m
200m Dash
Christa Benson – 3rd, 25.82 (PR)
Long Jump
Christa Benson – 5th, 17-00.75/5.20m (PR)
Javelin
Christa Benson – 16th, 79-0/24.09m
800m Run
Christa Benson – 3rd, 2:20.26 (PR)

100m Dash
Venice Stewart – 20th, 11.88 (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
Beatrice Kjelland – 51st, 12.41

200m Dash
Jada Barker – 64th, 25.16
Jonae Bond – 119th, 26.27

800m Run
Ryne Prigge – 98th, 2:18.25 (PR)

400m Hurdles
Christa Benson – 26th, 1:03.50 (PR)

4x100m Relay
Bond, Barker, Stewart, Kjelland – 10th, 46.86 (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)

Discus
Gena Baklund – 32nd, 114-3/34.83m

Cal State LA Twilight | Los Angeles, Calif.
100m Dash
Beatrice Kjelland – 5th, 12.31 (PR)

200m Dash
Venice Stewart – 1st, 24.19 (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
Jada Barker – 2nd, 25.13
Jonae Bond – 9th, 26.30

1500m Run
Ryan Prigge – 2nd, 4:54.66 (PR)

100m Hurdles
Kylie Monson – 9th, 15.88 (PR)

4x100m Relay
Bond, Barker, Stewart, Kjelland – 2nd, 46.87

Shot Put
Zoe Christensen – 2nd, 46-0/14.02m (NCAA Provisional Qualifier/PR)

Triple Jump
Kylie Monson – 2nd, 35-10/10.92m

Hammer Throw
Gena Baklund – 2nd, 172-9/52.65m (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
Zoe Christensen – 3rd, 159-7/48.64m (PR)

Discus
Gena Baklund – 2nd, 132-8/40.45m

Pacific Coast Intercollegiate | Long Beach, Calif.
Hammer Throw
Gena Baklund – 32nd, 166-00/50.61m

High Jump
Kylie Monson – 14th, 5-01.75/1.57m (PR)

Manitou Classic | Northfield, Minn.
Javelin
Coley Rezabek – 2nd, 116-2/35.42m (PR)

Lady Bear Twilight | St. Paul, Minn.
Javelin
Coley Rezabek – 2nd, 115-00/35.06m
Regan Grube – 4th, 92-01/28.08m

400m Hurdles
Libby Christenson – 9th, 1:10.36

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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 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).

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