NSIC names Buerkle Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
NSIC names Buerkle Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Female Field Athlete of the Week after capturing top 200- and 400-meter dash honors at the North Country Invitational April 17.

The junior set a new Bemidji State record in the 200-meter dash clocking a provisionally-qualifying time of 25.04 and trimming .06 from her own school record (25.10) set in the spring of 2008.  She followed that with a season-best 55.44 in the 400.  In addition, she participated in the Beavers’ 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams that placed second at the meet.

Already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the 200- and 400-meter distances, Buerkle’s 400-meter time Saturday elevated her to No. 12 on the 2010 NCAA Division II outdoor performance list bettering her chance of gaining an invitation to the championships held May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

Joining Buerkle on this week’s list of NSIC honorees are: male field athlete of the week Calvin McGruder of Northern State University, Concordia University-St. Paul’s Jordan Johnson, who was named male track athlete of the week and NSU’s Melodi Boke, this week’s female field athlete of the week recipient.

The league honor is the second of the 2009-10 athletic year for Buerkle.  She was also named NSIC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 26.

Buerkle and the rest of the BSU outdoor track and field teams are back in action today as they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Cobber Twilight.