The Next Level

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Dougherty helps Bison to NCAA title

North Dakota State senior Annie Dougherty, a 1997 graduate of Soldotna High School, helped the Bison win their first-ever NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championship and their third-straight North Central Conference Indoor Championship.

The Bison won the national championships in Boston, Mass., on March 8 and 9 with 67.5 points. St. Augustine's was second with 45 points.

In the NCC Championships at Minnesota State-Mankato on Feb. 22 and 23, the Bison scored 232 points, compared to the 116 of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dougherty was a member of the NCC record-breaking relay team that finished in 9 minutes, 16.93 seconds. Anchorage's Cortney Christensen, formerly Cortney Ward, also was on the team.

Dougherty also placed third at the NCC meet in the mile with a time of 5:03.32.

Dougherty will not compete for the Bison in the 2002 outdoor season because she has used up all her eligibility. She is majoring in family and consumer science and is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Dougherty of Soldotna.

Kenai's Hansen named most valuable

Morgan Hansen, a 2001 graduate of Kenai Central, was named the most valuable athlete on the women's swimming and diving team at Alma College in Alma, Mich.

Hansen, a freshman, won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and earned a trip to the NCAA Division III national meet. She set new freshman records on both boards.

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