Beaver Fever Friday – Kendra Ekereke – Track

Beaver Track & Field to send athletes to trio of meets April 29-30

Bemidji State University outdoor track & field heads into a busy week competing at the Drake Relays, Kip Janvrin Open and River City Rumble April 29-30.

BSU will feature three relay teams at the 112th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa including the 4×100-meter, 4x200m and 4x400m relays. BSU’s 4x100m relay runs in the prelim race at 9:14 a.m. followed by the 4x400m relay in the prelim race at 3:01 p.m. Friday. The 4x200m relay will race in the final event at 8:17 p.m. Friday while the finals races for the 4x100m and 4x400m relays are scheduled for 3:47 p.m. and 4:36 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.

The Beavers’ 4x100m relay will also race at the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa on Friday. Joining the relay team will be senior Analise Fabre in the triple jump, senior Maryse Mbenoun and sophomores Rachel Myers and Skyler Tillery in the 400m dash, junior Janice Cole, sophomore Alaina Hall and freshman Makayla Lewis in the 100m dash, and freshman Dynia Lewis in the 100m hurdles.

The remainder of the BSU track & field squad will travel to Winona, Minn., to compete at the River City Rumble. Bemidji State will compete against Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In its second year, the River City Rumble features a field in which all participating university are connected by the Mississippi River.


Bemidji State earned six event wins Saturday at a windy Dewey Donat Classic hosted by Northern State University. The Beavers totaled 26 top-five finishes and saw three top 10 program marks set.

Sophomore Alaina Hall took first in the 100-meter dash with a personal record time of 11.98, which ranks third all-time in BSU outdoor history. Hall was also part of BSU’s 4x100m relay team, including Janice Cole, Beatrice Kjelland and Kendra Ekereke, that won the event with a time of 49.46.

Junior thrower Tierra Doss won the shot put with a throw of 42-feet-01.50-inches and took second in the discus with a mark of 141-01, which ranks fourth all-time at BSU.

Freshman Dynia Lewis took second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.75, setting a personal record and placing herself fifth all-time at BSU outdoors. Junior Anastasia Klein also set a BSU top 10 mark with a third-place leap of 10-10.75 in the pole vault, which ranks sixth all-time at BSU.

Freshman Makayla Lewis earned first in the 200m dash with a personal record time of 25.78 while six Beavers finished third through eighth in the event.

Also taking event wins were sophomore Mary Goodwin in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:38.19 and senior Analise Fabre in the triple jump with a leap of 36-00.25.

In total, Bemidji State finished with 19 personal records set.

2 Emily Curtice – 4,142
3 Aneesa Tucker – 3,951
4 Natalie Fultz – 3,832

4x100m Relay
3 Cole, Hall, Douglas, Ekereke – 47.87

3000m Steeplechase
6 Mary Goodwin – 11:31.69

4x400m Relay
6 Myers, Cole, Mbenoun, Syverson – 4:01.99

100m Dash
7 Alaina Hall – 11.98