Zoe Christensen named 2020 NCAA Division II All-American

Zoe Christensen named 2020 NCAA Division II All-American
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Zoe Christensen named 2020 NCAA Division II All-American

NEW ORLEANS -- Bemidji State University track and field sophomore thrower Zoe Christensen became just the third Beaver since 2002 to earn NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field All-American status, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday.

A total of 716 honors were handed out to 117 different institutions.

Christensen, a thrower from Glencoe, Minn., earned her first career All-American honor in the shot put after finishing the season with the fifth-best shot put mark in the NCAA Central Region and 12th nationally. Her throw of 48-feet-9-inches set Feb. 8 at the Lake Superior Challenge set the conference benchmark at the time, which also ranks ninth all-time in program history.

Christensen is the first track & field student-athlete to earn an All-American honor indoors since Kristi Buerkle in 2011 and is the second thrower since 2002 to do so, joining two-time indoor All-American Sheena Devine. She earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors in the shot put to wrap up the indoor season with a second-place mark of 47-01.75, which solidified her as the program’s first thrower to earn indoor all-conference laurels since Devine in 2008.

Christensen qualified to compete at the 2020 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field after recording eight NCAA provisional qualifying marks throughout the indoor season. The NCAA DII Indoor Championships were scheduled to be held March 13-14 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., before being canceled due to COVID-19.

Due to the cancellation of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Executive Committee adopted the following criteria in selecting this season’s All-Americans:

  • Based on the posted startlist for the national championships announced by the NCAA, the following will be recognized as All-America for the 2020 indoor track & field season:
    • Individual events: All student-athletes listed on the startlist for the anticipated event.
    • Relay events: The four student-athletes per anticipated relay who produced the performance that was declared and accepted into their event.
  • There will not be a distinction of “first-team” or “second-team” to these recognitions.

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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).