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BSU relay sets school record, team places 11th

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Led by a record-breaking performance by its 4x100-meter relay team, the Bemidji State women's track and field team finished 11th at the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships Saturday at Community Bowl in Bismarck.

BSU's quartet of Tia Lindberg, Michelle Ohman, Ashley Larva and Taylor Sautbine bettered a record set just a year ago, placing seventh in the relay with a time of 48.75 seconds.

Sautbine and Ohman also joined Tina Larson and Kirsten Maras to post a season-best 4x400-meter relay time of 4 minutes, 03.58 seconds and place eighth in the event.

The Beavers also scored points in the 100-meter dash and 800-meter run.

Sautbine, who played a role in scoring 10 of BSU's 11 points at the championships, placed seventh in the 100-meter dash, falling just short of the school record she set in the preliminary round yesterday (12.28), clocking a 12.38, while Maras logged a season-best time of 2 minutes, 16.25 seconds in the 800 to post a seventh place finish.

The University of Mary scored 200.5 points to capture its fourth NSIC Women's Outdoor Track and Field team title in five years. The Marauders piled up 20 All-NSIC performances and collected eight individual championships en route to an 84.5-point edge over the rest of the field.

Winona State finished second with 116 points, while just three points separated third from fifth.

Defending champion Augustana took third with 95 points, Wayne State was fourth with 94 points and Minnesota State-Moorhead posted 92 points for fifth place.

Bemidji State's 11 points put the team just .5 behind Concordia-St. Paul to finish 11th overall.

A total of 13 conference records were set at the event.

The completion of the outdoor championships brings the Beavers' 2012 outdoor season to a close. It also signifies the end of the collegiate careers of co-captains Maras and Ohman.