DULUTH, Minn. (Malosky Stadium) -- Nine point scorers led the Bemidji State University track & field program to an eighth place finish at the 2021 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships in Duluth, Minn., at the Malosky Stadium. Three program records were broken including the 4x400-meter relay, junior Zoe Carrasco in the shot put and freshman Mary Goodwin in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Bemidji State finished the meet with 34.50 points, its second top eight finish over the past two seasons. The University of Mary won the 2021 NSIC Outdoor title with a score of 174.
Carrasco brought home her first conference title in the shot put with a throw of 15.54m (51-00.00), breaking the previous record of 15.43m (50-07.50) set by Sheena Devine in 2007. She is the first BSU individual conference champion since Kristi Buerkle in 2011 and the first throwing champion since Devin in 2008. Carrasco’s first-place throw was her sixth to hit the NCAA provisional qualifying mark and ranks fourth in the nation.
The BSU 4x400m relay team of sophomore Janice Cole, junior Ryne Prigge, senior Aneesa Tucker and junior Maryse Mbenoun broke the program record with a fourth-place time of 3:52.60. The relay was one of two events to garner five points for the team score, including a fourth place finish by senior Libby Christenson in the heptathlon. She set a personal record of 4,278 in the heptathlon, along with personal records in the 100m hurdles, 200m dash, long jump and 800m run. Christenson was one of three Beavers to earn points in the heptathlon, including Tucker in sixth and freshman Emily Curtice in eighth.
Curtice also earned points in the javelin with a fifth-place finish of 37.79m (123-11.75). Junior Coley Rezabek brought in three points for BSU with a sixth place throw of 36.96m (121-03.25).
Senior jumper Analise Fabre took sixth in the triple jump with a personal record 11.45m (37-06.75). Her leap ranks second in BSU outdoor history and is her fourth of BSU’s top 10 marks all-time. The final point scorer for BSU was the 4x100m relay team, consisting of Cole, freshman Alaina Hall, senior Jada Barker and sophomore Kendra Ekereke. The relay team took eighth with a time of 48.56.
Freshman Mary Goodwin broke the BSU record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:44.82. Her personal record broke the previous record set by Christa Pribula (11:48.10) set in 2005.
Prigge in the 800m run, Hall in the long jump and freshman Zoey Mills in the 1500m run were the final three of six top-10 BSU marks set through the meet. Prigge took eighth in the 800m with a time of 2:15.12, less than one second behind her own program record. Hall took 10th in the long jump with a leap of 5.43m (17-09.75), which ranks fifth all-time at BSU. Mills took 17th in the 1500m run with a time of 4:45.73, which ranks third all-time at BSU.
In total, Bemidji State saw 25 personal records set on the day.
NSIC Outdoor Championships
12. Alaina Hall – 12.48
14. Janice Cole – 25.22
9. Janice Cole – 57.89
10. Maryse Mbenoun – 58.04 (PR)
9. Ryne Prigge – 2:15.12
17. Zoey Mills – 4:45.73 (PR)
11. Mary Goodwin – 11:44.82 (BSU Record)
8. Janice Cole, Alaina Hall, Jada Barker, Kendra Ekereke – 48.56
4. Janice Cole, Ryne Prigge, Aneesa Tucker, Maryse Mbenoun – 3:52.60 (BSU Record)
10. Libby Christenson – 1.62m/5-03.75
17. Megan Judge – 3.01m/9-10.50
19. Anastasia Klein – 3.01m/9-10.50
10. Alaina Hall – 5.43m/17-09.75
15. Aneesa Tucker – 5.19m/17-00.50
1. Zoe Carrasco – 15.54m/51-00.00 (BSU Record/NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
12. Tierra Doss – 12.92m/42-04.75
11. Zoe Carrasco – 49.77m/163-03.50
20. Elizabeth Hiltner – 45.14m/148-01.25
6. Analise Fabre – 11.45m/37-06.75 (PR)
16. Reygan Brown – 10.70m/35-01.25
5. Emily Curtice – 37.79m/123-11.75
6. Coley Rezabek – 36.96m/121-03.25
21. Libby Christenson – 29.04m/95-03.50
22. Megan Judge – 28.20m/92-06.25
4. Libby Christenson – 4,278 (PR)
6. Aneesa Tucker – 4,218 (PR)
8. Emily Curtice – 4,135 (PR)
22. Natalie Fultz – 3,540 (PR)
Heptathlon (100m Hurdles)
10. Libby Christenson – 15.87 (PR)
12. Aneesa Tucker – 15.99 (PR)
18. Emily Curtice – 16.34 (PR)
22. Natalie Fultz – 16.63 (PR)
Heptathlon (High Jump)
2. Libby Christenson – 1.60m/5-03.00
15. Emily Curtice – 1.45m/4-09.25
15. Aneesa Tucker – 1.45m/4-09.25
17. Natalie Fultz – 1.42m/4-08.00
Heptathlon (Shot Put)
6. Emily Curtice – 9.94m/32-07.50
9. Libby Christenson – 9.75m/32-00.00
18. Aneesa Tucker – 8.64m/28-04.25 (PR)
23. Natalie Fultz – 7.08m/23-02.75
Heptathlon (200m Dash)
2. Aneesa Tucker – 26.79 (PR)
9. Emily Curtice – 27.11 (PR)
14. Natalie Fultz – 27.46 (PR)
17. Libby Christenson – 27.82 (PR)
Heptathlon (Long Jump)
2. Aneesa Tucker – 5.23m/17-02.00
9. Libby Christenson – 4.78m/15-08.25 (t-PR)
14. Emily Curtice – 4.58m/15-00.50 (PR)
17. Natalie Fultz – 4.50m/14-09.25 (PR)
1. Emily Curtice – 35.60m/116-09.75
10. Libby Christenson – 26.49m/86-11
16. Aneesa Tucker – 23.78m/78-00.25
17. Natalie Fultz – 20.80m/68-03.00
Heptathlon (800m Run)
1. Aneesa Tucker – 2:22.85
2. Libby Christenson – 2:25.98 (PR)
8. Emily Curtice – 2:34.60 (PR)
10. Natalie Fultz – 2:35.89 (PR)
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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).