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WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: BSU plans to host 25th annual Super 8 meet

BEMIDJI -- The BSU women's track and field team will host the 25th annual Super 8 Multi Meet this weekend at the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.

"I am very happy to have the consistency," BSU head track coach Craig Hougen said. "Not too many places have had the same meet for more than a few years in a row. Kevin Williamson of the Super 8 has been fantastic to us, so I have to thank him."

This will be the second meet for the Beavers this season, as they competed in The Opener in Duluth on Dec. 7.

"Last month we were able to go over to St. Scholastica in Duluth and we had mixed results," Hougen said. "It was good day and we saw improvement from the beginning of practice up to that point."

With over a month between meets, Hougen knows that his team will not be as sharp as he would want them to be, but he looks for this weekend to give him a gauge on where the team can improve.

"The girls have fallen back a little bit in the last few days of practice," Hougen admitted. "I wish we could jump right back into where we were on Dec. 7, but that is not going to happen.

"This weekend is all about having fun and finding a spot we can start improving from."

Hougen will guide a young and inexperienced group this spring, but will be counting on sophomore Kaneeshia Johnson to perform at the level that earned her honors of a NSIC Athlete to Watch in the preseason coaches polls.

"She will do well for us," Hougen said of Johnson. "There is a possibility we can get a school record out of her this year, especially in the long jump."

Hougen also sees potential in his pole vaulters, sophomores Austyn Eng and Hailey Horob, to set school records this season.

"Our two pole vault girls have the potential to be pretty good too," Hougen said. "We just have to make sure that we do the right things with them."

Because this weekend's meet will be earlier in the Spring semester than most years, the meet will be smaller than the eight or ten team meets in the previous years.

"There are still some schools that are not back in school," Hougen said of the competition. "So it will be a little smaller than in other years. It will be five times, which is a good-sized meet for early in the season."