NEW ORLEANS -- Sophomore thrower Zoe Christensen and freshman thrower Tierra Doss were each named 2020 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II Women’s Track & Field All-Academic Athletes while the Bemidji State University women’s track & field team earned a selection as a 2020 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Christensen, a criminal justice major from Glencoe, Minn., and Doss, a general studies major from Rosemount, Minn., are the first Beavers to earn a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Athletes Team since Kristi Buerkle following the 2010-11 season. The duo is part of 321 women selected from 93 institutions across NCAA Division II who finished the 2019-20 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and achieved an automatic or provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Christensen earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors in the shot put with a toss of 47-feet-1.75-inches to take second at the NSIC Indoor Championships. She hit the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the shot put fives times through the season, including the ninth-best mark in program history of 48-9. Christensen’s personal record shot put ranked second in the NSIC, fifth in the NCAA Central Region and 12th in the nation. She qualified to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships before the meet was canceled due to COVID-19. Christensen also became just the third Beaver to earn All-American status since 2002 and was named BSU’s Female Newcomer of the Year following her performance during the 2018-19 outdoor season.
Doss finished her freshman season with a trip to the podium at the 2020 NSIC Indoor Championships following a seventh-place finish in the shot put. Her mark of 45-3.75 topped the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark and ranked eighth in the NSIC, 16th in the NCAA Central Region and 38th in the nation.
The Bemidji State track & field program ended the 2019-20 academic year with a 3.30 GPA to qualify as one of 149 NCAA Division II programs honored by the USTFCCCA as an All-Academic Team. The Beavers earned a spot on the list for the third consecutive season and for the sixth time since 2009-10.
Cal State University San Bernardino earned the highest GPA among all of NCAA Division II women's programs at 3.716.
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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).