BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University junior Allyna Storms was selected as the 2020 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Elite 18 Award winner for outdoor track & field. She becomes just the third Beaver ever and the first for outdoor track & field to earn the award.
Storms is a junior majoring in psychology, criminal justice and political science and holds a 4.0-grade point average. The Becker, Minn., native competed this past season in cross country and indoor track & field before the outdoor season was canceled. Storms set a personal record in the 4,000-meter this past season with cross country and also set personal records in the 1,000m run and mile run during the 2019-20 indoor track & field season. Her mile time of 5:59.56 ranks eighth all-time at BSU on a 300m track.
The NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Storms joins Beaver Soccer’s Anna Fobbe and Beaver Men’s Golf’s Ben Skaar, who both earned the NSIC Elite 18 Award in 2017, as the only BSU student-athletes to earn the award.
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).