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BSU cross country picked 11th

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BURNSVILLE -- The Bemidji State cross country team was tabbed 11th in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's cross country preseason coaches' poll announced Wednesday.

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Sophomore Emily Turner of Bringham Lake was named BSU's Athlete to Watch.

The Beavers received 62 votes to post the 11th spot in the poll, led by five-time defending champion Augustana. Second with the two remaining first place votes was Mary with 166 points. Winona State was third with 161 points.

Bemidji State tied for 11th at the 2012 NSIC Championships. Turner is the top runner returning to the Beavers after posting a time of 26:56 at last year's championship to finish 70th overall. She was consistently a top finisher for BSU as a freshman, which included finishing 22nd with a time of 16:45 in the 4,000-meter Valley City State Invitational — her first-collegiate race.

The Beavers will warm up to the 2013 season with the annual Babe Run in Bemidji Aug. 26 before hearing the starting gun for the first official race Sept. 6, as they host the Greenwood Run beginning at 4 p.m.

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