BSU wraps up weekend with five event wins, 21 top-five finishes

BSU wraps up weekend with five event wins, 21 top-five finishes
Saturday, February 8, 2020
BSU wraps up weekend with five event wins, 21 top-five finishes

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University track & field team wrapped up its multi-meet weekend with five event wins and 21 top-five finishes at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and the Lake Superior Challenge in Duluth, Minn.

The Beavers throwers excelled in the weight throw and shot put events with five top-five finishes in six total entries. Sophomore Zoe Christensen took wins in both events, including a personal record throw of 48-feet-09-inches in the shot put, which is a meet and facility record. The shot put throw currently leads all Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference marks this season and ranks seventh nationally in NCAA Division II. Christensen’s weight throw toss of 56-07.50 ranks fourth all-time in program history.

Sophomore Faith Beck also took wins in both the 60-meter hurdles preliminary and the finals with times of 9.29 and 9.24, respectively. Junior Cheri’A Adams took BSU’s final event win of the meet in the long jump with a leap of 16-07.50. Three Beavers recorded second-place finishes, led by senior Jonae Bond in the 60m dash preliminaries and finals with times of 8.11 and 8.05, respectively. Senior Gena Baklund also earned a second-place finish with a personal record toss of 50-00.50 in the weight throw. Freshman Mckenzie Evans also set a personal record with a second-place time of 2:30.56 in the 800m run.

At the Husker Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska, junior Venice Stewart took 22nd in the 60m dash with a time of 7.72 while sophomore Beatrice Kjelland took 41st in the event with a time of 7.95. Stewart also competed in the 200m dash with a 33rd-place time of 25.56.

In total, Bemidji State finished with 18 personal records set between both meets.

The Beavers will compete in multiple meets for the second straight weekend Feb. 15 at the NSIC Indoor Challenge in Mankato, Minn., and the Yellowjacket Open in Superior, Wis.

Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational – Results (200m Track – Banked)
60m Dash (Prelims)
22. Venice Stewart – 7.72
41. Beatrice Kjelland – 7.95

200m Dash
33. Venice Stewart – 25.56

Lake Superior Challenge – Results (200m Track)
60m Dash (Prelims)
2. Jonae Bond – 8.11
8. Lillian Schmitz – 8.64 (PR)
10. Paige Millerman – 8.72 (PR)
11. Analise Fabre – 8.76
13. Anastasia Klein – 9.09
15. Tricia Niznik – 9.88
16. Allyson Straus – 9.92 (PR)

60m Dash (Finals)
2. Jonae Bond – 8.05
3. Lillian Schmitz – 8.67

60m Hurdles (Prelims)
1. Faith Beck – 9.29
5. Aneesa Tucker – 9.99 (PR)
8. Libby Christenson – 10.42 (PR)
10. Ashley Kinnard – 10.78

60m Hurdles (Finals)
1. Faith Beck – 9.24
5. Aneesa Tucker – 9.99 (PR)
7. Libby Christenson – 10.53

200m Dash
4. Jonae Bond – 27.23
7. Aneesa Tucker – 28.07 (PR)
10. Lillian Schmitz – 29.08
14. Paige Millerman – 30.01 (PR)
15. Libby Christenson – 30.18 (PR)
18. Mckenzie Evans – 31.12 (PR)
20. Allyson Straus – 35.64 (PR)

400m Dash
3. Ashley Kinnard – 1:10.49 (PR)
4. Alexis Gehrig – 1:27.37

800m Run
2. Mckenzie Evans – 2:30.56 (PR)

Mile Run
10. Carissa Decko – 8:21.31

Pole Vault
3. Anastasia Klein – 3.15m/10-04 (PR)
4. Faith Beck – 3.15m/10-04

Long Jump
1. Cheri’A Adams – 5.07m/16-07.50
3. Aneesa Tucker – 4.85m/15-11
7. Libby Christenson – 4.36m/14-03.75
9. Tricia Niznik – 2.77m/9-01 (PR)

Triple Jump
3. Analise Fabre – 10.39m/34-01
8. Tricia Niznik – 7.92m/25-11.75 (PR)

Weight Throw
1. Zoe Christensen – 17.26m/56-07.50 (NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
2. Gena Baklund – 15.25m/50-00.50 (PR)
3. Elizabeth Hiltner – 14.55m/47-08.75 (PR)
8. Alexis Gehrig – 11.70m/38-04.75

Shot Put
1. Zoe Christensen – 14.86m/48-09.00 (PR/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
5. Elizabeth Hiltner – 11.17m/36-07.75

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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).