CROSS COUNTRY: Beavers earns best finish since 2011 at NSIC Championships – Bemidji Pioneer

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WAYNE, Neb. –The Bemidji State women’s cross country team released its best conference in more than a decade on Saturday.

The Beavers placed ninth at the NSIC Championships in Wayne, Neb. It was the program’s best result in the conference meet since 2011, when they also finished ninth.

BSU junior Mary Goodwin led Bemidji State on Saturday with a time of 23:58.29, placing 39th individually in the 6,000 meter race.

Maggie McCarthy followed suit in 66th at 24:56.44, while Lexi Erickson moved into second at 25:01.36 to take 68th. Carol Miller (85th, 25:40.15) and Zoey Mills (95th, 26:03.86) completed the team score.

Nadia Vaughn (102nd, 26:16.03), Lily Johnson (105th, 26:22.30) and Callie Ressler (134th, 28:54.72) also ran for the Beavers.

Winona State’s Lindsay Cunningham won the meet by over a minute, taking first place with a time of 20:22.80. Augustana won the tag team title with 56 points.

BSU finished with 288 points, landing just outside the top half of the field. But Bemidji State beat seven other NSIC foes en route to the top 10.

Results by team

1-Augustane 56; 2-Minnesota State 68; 3-Winona State 73; 4-Minnesota Duluth 78; 5-U-Marie 107; 6-Sioux Falls 146; 7-St. Cloud Status 238; 8-Northern State 257; 9-State of Bemidji 288; 10-Minot State 318; 11-MSU Moorhead 318; 12-Wayne State 370; 13-Southwest MN State 390; 14-Upper Iowa 393; 15-Concordia-St. Paul 400; 16-Minnesota Crookston 441.

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