BHSU Athletics Department explores NCAA Division II membership
he BHSU Athletic Department is going through the application process to pursue consideration for
National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II (NCAA D II) membership. The application process will determine how BHSU compares with other NCAA Division II programs throughout the region. If the review concludes that the Yellow Jackets have what is required for NCAA Division II, BHSU could submit the application this summer.
The application assesses virtually
every area of Black Hills State’s Athletic Department including scholarship funding, staffing, operating budget, and program competitiveness.
According to Jhett Albers, athletic T
director at BHSU, once an institution receives notice the application has been accepted, the transition process to Division II begins. The process includes a candidacy period of at least two years. During this time the institution will be required to complete a number of educational activities while competing under the current National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) status. At the completion of the candidacy period, the institution will receive an assessment of its readiness to proceed to the provisional period. During that period, the University will continue to be evaluated as to its readiness to become an active NCAA member while competing at the NCAA DII level.
“The opportunity to look strategically at our future and see how we compare to other institutions at the NCAA DII level is exciting,” says Albers. “This will allow us to determine if NCAA DII is a fit for Black Hills State and if Black Hills State is a fit for NCAA DII.”
Albers says he is excited about the possibility of moving to NCAA DII because of the benefits provided to scholar-athletes and to the University. He notes the move will bring enhanced educational and leadership opportunities, increased community support, enhanced regional University exposure, and a broader scope of fundraising and recruiting options.
Women's cross country earns 10th place overall in the nation
he BHSU women’s cross country team finished 10th at the National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA) Tournament, including two top performances by Wendy O’Lexey, senior special education major from Rock Springs, Wyo., and Erin Curran, freshman exercise science major from Wahoo, Neb. O’Lexey placed eighth overall with a personal best time of 18:25. Curran also ran her personal best time and placed 10th overall with a time of 18:28. Other top
performers were: Leigh Anne Whiteside, sophomore exercise science major from Loveland, Colo., (19:54); Katie Cook, senior elementary education major from Cheyenne, Wyo., (20:24); Abigail Bever, freshman elementary education major from Cheyenne, Wyo., (20:27); Kayla Ferguson, senior wellness management major from Eaton, Colo., (20:58); and Robyn Rosechandler, junior mass communication major from Cody, Wyo., (21:09). These top performances
helped earn the Yellow Jackets 10th place overall in the nation. Three BHSU men were honored by the
NAIA at the tournament. Birch Haraden, senior elementary education major from Billings, Mont.; Mark Mazza, senior pre-wildlife management major from Spearfish; and Neil Long, junior wellness management major from Fort Collins, Colo., were honored as 2009 NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Join us for a round of golf and support BHSU student-athlete scholarships. Go for the GREEN!
31st Annual Yellow Jacket Old Baldy Golf Tournament
Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6
Old Baldy Club Saratoga, Wyo.
21st Annual Gold Dust
Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction Saturday, June 26
Spear sh Canyon Country Club Spear sh, S.D.
For more information call 605.642.6385 or email John.Kietzmann@BHSU.edu
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