MANKATO -- Mid-distance runner Maryse Mbenoun won the 600-meter run Saturday to become the first Bemidji State women’s track and field athlete to capture an individual Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title since 2011.
The Beavers took sixth as a team at the NSIC Indoor Championships in Mankato.
Mbenoun, a junior, clocked a time of 1:35.37 to break her own indoor program record for the 600 from a week ago. Her title is the first for BSU since Kristi Buerkle won the 400 at the 2011 NSIC Indoor Championships. Saturday was only Mbenoun’s third as a Beaver.
Junior thrower Zoe Christensen earned all-conference honors alongside Mbenoun by taking second in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 6.25 inches. Christensen’s throw was a personal record and hit the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark, the fourth time hitting the mark in the shot put this season.
Junior mid-distance runner Ryne Prigge also broke a BSU indoor record for the third straight week and the second time this season in the 800. Prigge finished just outside of all-conference consideration in fourth place with a time of 2:15.31. She previously broke her own BSU indoor record in the event on Feb. 12 before hitting the NCAA D-II provisional qualifying mark at the NSIC Indoor Championships.
Ten BSU athletes recorded top-eight finishes in seven events. Five Beavers set seven personal records on the day.
NSIC Women’s Indoor Championships Team Results
1- Minnesota State 178
4-Winona State 57
5-Northern State 44
6-Bemidji State 28
7-St. Cloud State 27
8-Concordia-St. Paul 26
9-Minnesota Duluth 25
10-Wayne State 22
11-MSU Moorhead 21
12-Sioux Falls 20
13-Minot State 14
14-SW Minn. State 13
15-Upper Iowa 6