BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University track & field head coach Kevin Kean announced the addition of jumper and sprinter Mikaela Malone and multi-event athlete Maryse Mbenoun on National Signing Day. Malone will join the program beginning with the 2021-22 season while Mbenoun will join at the beginning of the spring semester in January 2021.
All student-athletes’ acceptances are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Mikaela Malone, a jumper and sprinter from Wadena, Minn., is a letter winner in track & field at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. She is a defending three-time All-Park Region Conference performer in the 100-meter dash, holds the WDCHS record in the long jump (17-feet-5.5-inches/outdoor), and owns the second-fastest 100m dash time (12.55/outdoor) in school history. Malone qualified for the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championships twice in the 100m and once in the long jump. She was named WDCHS’s team most valuable relay athlete in eighth grade, most valuable track athlete as a freshman, and most valuable athlete overall as a sophomore. In addition to her personal records in the long jump and 100m dash, Malone holds a personal record of 8.04 in the 60m dash indoors. She was also a letter winner in wrestling, placing third at the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association State Tournament.
Malone was born April 3, 2002, and is the daughter of Ron and Eileen Malone. She plans to major in physical education.
Maryse Mbenoun, a multi-event athlete from Le Mans, France, has spent the past two seasons on the track & field team at Cloud County Community College under head coach Ted Schmitz. She was crowned 2020 NJCAA Region VI Indoor Champion in the pentathlon last season after finishing with a first-place score of 3,317. During the same meet, Mbenoun finished fourth in the 600m run with a personal record time of 1:39.44. She placed third in the heptathlon with a personal record score of 4,062 during the 2019 NJCAA Region VI Outdoor Championships. Mbenoun is a two-time participant at the NJCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships and a one-time participant at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She holds personal records of 2:24.41 in the 800m run (Tabor College Invite/3rd), 9.67 in the 60m hurdles (NJCAA Indoor Championships/11th), 5-2.25 in the high jump (NJCAA Region VI Outdoor Championships Heptathlon), 16-10.5 in the long jump (NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships Heptathlon), 35-3.25 in the shot put (NJCAA Region VI Indoor Championships Pentathlon), and 92-2 in the javelin throw (NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships Heptathlon). Mbenoun also ran cross country at Cloud County with a personal record 5,000m of 19:19.00 (NJCAA Region VI XC Championships/5th).
Mbenoun was born Sept. 15, 2000, and is the daughter of Joel and Marie-Agnes Mbenoun. She is a political science and pre-law major and attended high school at Prytanée National Militaire in La Flèche, France.
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).