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BSU ROUNDUP: Crummy, Horob named NSIC athletes to watch for outdoor track season

BURNSVILLE — BSU women’s outdoor track and field athletes Nicole Crummy and Hailey Horob were announced as 2014 NSIC Athletes to Watch Wednesday as league officials unveiled the NSIC Preseason Outdoor Track and Field Coaches’ Poll.

Horob capped her freshman outdoor season in 2013 season placing 16th in the pole vault at the NSIC outdoor championships, clearing a personal-best 10-00.75. She also placed among the top four vaults in two other outdoor meets. She is coming off an indoor season during which she posted four top-four finishes, which included taking second at the Falconer Winter Classic and matching a six-year-old BSU women’s track record with a vault of 10-feet, 10-inches.

After posting a personal-best two minutes, 25.30 seconds in the outdoor 800-meter run a year ago, Crummy came on strong during her sophomore indoor season. Competing in the 400, 600, 800, and mile distances as well as the Beavers’ 4x400-meter relay team, she posted BSU’s best times of the season in the 400 (1:05.20), 600 (1:47.53), 800 (2:27.32) and turned in the team’s second fastest mile mark (6:00.29).

The NSIC also recognized Minnesota Duluth mid-distance runner Samantha Rivard as its Preseason Female Track Athlete of the Year, while All-American thrower and reigning USTFCCCA Central Region Field Athlete of the Year Carly Fehringer of Wayne State garnered NSIC Preseason Female Field Athlete of the Year laurels.

League coaches picked BSU 14th in the poll with 17 points. Reigning NSIC indoor champion Minnesota Duluth was projected to take top honors again this outdoor season, garnering 166 points and 10 of 14 first-place votes. Two-time defending NSIC outdoor champion U- Mary was picked second with 158 points, while claiming the remaining four first-place votes.

Bemidji State opens the 2014 outdoor track season April 5 when the team travels to St. Paul to participate in the Hamline Invitational.

Softball moves home games

The BSU softball team’s doubleheaders against Minnesota State Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul, originally scheduled for March 29-30 in Bemidji, have been moved indoors to the West St. Paul Regional Athletic Center due to unplayable field conditions and cold temperatures in Bemidji.

The Beavers will start the weekend with a doubleheader against the Mavericks Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will play the Golden Bears at 10 a.m. Monday.

Bemidji State will look to play its first home games of the season April 2 as it is scheduled to take on Minot State at the BSU Softball Field.