BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University track & field head coach Kevin Kean announced that sprinter Dzarya Penney will join the program as a junior during the 2021-22 season.
All student-athletes’ acceptances are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Dzarya Penney, a sprinter from Wagoner, Okla., spent the past two seasons on the track & field program at Coffeyville Community College under head coach Robert Wood. She qualified and competed in the 60-meter dash and 4x400m relay at the 2020 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Penney set a personal record in the 200m with a time of 26.18 at the 2020 NJCAA Region VI Indoor Championships and holds personal records of 7.80 in the 60m dash and 1:04.23 in the 400m dash. In two meets during the 2021 indoor season, Penney set a season-best time of 7.88 in the 60m dash and 26.78 in the 200m dash. She was a letter winner in track & field and basketball at Wagoner High School before joining Coffeyville in 2019.
Penney was born August 8, 2001 and is the daughter of Wendy Penney. She is a presidential scholar athlete at Coffeyville and was a superintendent student throughout her high school career. Penney will be a nursing major at Bemidji State.
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).