Buerkle takes 4th in the 400-meter dash to capture All-America honors
Saturday, May 23, 2009
SAN ANGELO, Tex. -- Bemidji State University standout sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) capped her sophomore campaign at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships as an All-American. Buerkle finished fourth in the 400-meter dash Saturday at LeGrand Sports Complex in San Angelo, Tex. to garner the second All-America accolade of her young career.

After qualifying sixth in the preliminaries with a school-record 54.83 Friday, she finished .36 off the lead with a 55.19 to cross the finish line fourth.

In one of the most tightly-contested races of the day, Angelique Smith of St. Augustine’s edged Abilene Christian’s Kim Prather by an eyelash. She broke the tape in a time of 54.43 while Prather took second with a 54.44. Back just .02 in third place was Michele Williams of Adams State with a time of 54.47 prior to Buerkle’s finish.

Buerkle’s All-America finish came on the heels of her seventh place finish at the 2009 indoor national championships in March. She becomes the 15th All-American turned out by the Bemidji State track and field program since 2005 and the second this outdoor season. Junior Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.) placed fourth in the decathlon yesterday setting a new BSU standard in the event (7,085).

Official meet results are available at http://www.flashresults.com/2009_Meets/outdoor/NCAADII/ at the conclusion of each event.