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WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: BSU 13th in coaches' poll

BURNSVILLE -- The Bemidji State women’s indoor track and field team was selected 13th in the 2017-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Thursday.

The Beavers had 49 points in the annual rankings, which beat out Minot State’s 30 and Upper Iowa’s 17. Defending NSIC champion Minnesota State Mankato topped the poll with 194 points and 13 first-place votes, while U-Mary (183) and Augustana (159) rounded out the top three, each tallying one first-place vote, as well.

Junior Kelsey Hurley was named BSU’s Field Athlete to Watch. The Iowa Western Community College transfer holds a personal best mark of 5-8.75 in the high jump.

Freshman Venice Stewart was selected as the Beavers’ Track Athlete to Watch. Stewart, a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native, set personal bests of 24.85 and 58.53 in the 200 and 800 meters, respectively.

Wayne State’s Michaela Dendinger was selected as the conference’s Preseason Field Athlete of the Year, and U-Mary’s Alexis Zeis was named the Preseason Track Athlete of the Year.

The indoor season for Bemidji State kicks off at 1:15 p.m. today in Brookings, S.D., where the Beavers will compete in the pentathlon as part of the South Dakota State University Holiday Open and Multi.