Taylor Sautbine of Cloquet, a sophomore at Bemidji State University who runs track for BSU, placed third at the 2011 NSIC Multi Champions heptathlon in Aberdeen, S.D., last week. Sautbine exploded out of the blocks on the first day of competition with back-to-back second-place finishes, turning a time of 27.76 seconds in the 200-meter dash and crossing the finishing line in the 100-meter hurdles with a 2011-best 15.41 seconds. Sautbine turned in her best efforts of the season in three of the four events on the day, placing 10th in the high jump (4-8 ¼) and fourth in the shot put (32-10 ¼). She collected 2,512 points overall and ranked second behind Northern State University’s Tanya Vassar by 51 points.
On the second day of competition, Sautbine turned in the sixth best mark in the long jump and javelin throw (83-5), before breaking the tape in 2 minutes 45.33 seconds to finish fourth in the 800, good for a third place overall finish in the heptathlon.
Sautbine is also part of the women’s 4x100 relay team that broke the BSU record of 49.4 set in 1996 with a new record of 49.02. One week later the team broke that record again, clocking in at 48.90 at the Concordia college track meet on May 7.