BEMIDJI – In its final tune up before the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships, the Bemidji State track and field team collected nine event titles in the 16-event BSU Twilight Thursday at Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.
Senior Taylor Sautbine led the Beavers with two first-place finishes. In the 60-meter dash, she came just .01 second from matching her season-best time and .02 of a second from matching the BSU record when she crossed the finish line in 7.99. In addition, she won the 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 26.85.
Jolynne Denman claimed first place in the 3,000-meter run, clocking a season-best time of 12:18.76.
In addition, the BSU 4x400-meter relay team of Sammie Taube, Kasey Lasch, Austyn Eng and Caitlyn Quast recorded a season-best 4:14.05 in the event to claim the top spot and move to No. 10 in the NSIC this season.
Other athletes earning first place in their respective events were: Tina Larson in the mile run (5:33.15); Ashley Larva in the 60-meter hurdles (9.13); Chelsea Borwege, who cleared 10-05.00 in the pole vault; Jessica Cagle in the shot put (45 feet, 5 inches) and Denna Hegg with a 41-00.00 in the weight throw.
The Beavers now have nine days to prepare for the NSIC Championships, which will take place at Meyers Fieldhouse in Mankato Feb. 22-23.
Baseball team drops pair
MINNEAPOLIS – The Bemidji State baseball team went 0-2 to begin the 2013 season with a pair of losses to Northern State in a nonconference doubleheader at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis Friday afternoon.
BSU fell 4-2 in game one and 7-2 in game two in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Metrodome Baseball Classic.
In the first game, the Beavers scored two runs in the first inning of game one, but failed to post another run the rest of the way.
Junior Zach Braun plated senior outfielder Trevor Purvis with a single, then senior Jaryd Marks followed with a double that scored Braun for a 2-0 Beaver lead.
Senior lefty Phil Bray started and threw four strong innings before allowing four unearned runs in the fifth, as NSU posted a four-run inning to own the 4-2 lead. The Wolves scored all the runs on two outs and were unearned due to a Beaver error on the second batter of the inning.
Game two was all Northern State until BSU avoided the shutout with two runs in the seventh. The Wolves scored one in the first, before tacking on five runs in the second on five hits, knocking out the Beaver starter senior Ryan Anderson.
BSU failed to produce a hit until the fifth inning, getting the hit off the bat of sophomore Cole Bjorge.
Back-to-back walks in the top of the seventh set up a two run inning for BSU.
Senior Logan Kalis drew a lead-off walk, then sophomore Steven Prichard replaced him on the base paths and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Senior third baseman Matt Ellinghuysen also walked and would cross the plate on a senior Lewis Baumann single to right.
The Beavers continue the NSIC Metrodome Classic today with a nonconference doubleheader against Sioux Falls beginning at 6 a.m.