Buerkle shines in the final day of the NSIC Championships
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Buerkle shines in the final day of the NSIC Championships
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Bemidji State University junior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) punched her ticket to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday with a record-breaking performance at the The 2010 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  The event took place at Ron Masanz Track in Moorhead, Minn.  

Buerkle placed in a pair of sprinting events and contributed to a BSU 4x400-meter relay team that also scored team points.

The junior finished fourth in the 200-meter dash, setting a new school record in the process.  Less than 24-hours after breaking her own school record in the race with a time of 25.03, she erased nearly .40 Saturday crossing the finish line in 24.65.  In addition, she posted the second sub-55.00 400-meter race of her career en route to an All-NSIC performance and establishing a new NSIC record.  Buerkle captured the NSIC 400-meter title clocking an automatically qualifying time of 54.99, but missing her own BSU-standard of 54.83 by a fraction of a second.

Buerkle also anchored the BSU 4x400-meter relay team that finished eighth.  The junior along with Pearl Walker (Jr., Bemidij, Minn.), Kirsten Maras (So., Ramsay, Minn.) and Michelle Ohman (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.) combined to post a 4:03.74--the Beavers’ fastest 4x400-meter time of the 2010 outdoor season.

The Bemidji State men also registered team points with an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.  The team of Sam Bofferding (Jr., Marshall, Minn.), Raphael Gelo (Fr., Kabetogama, Minn.), Tandy Juell (Fr., Redwood Falls, Minn.) and Beau Wakefield (So., Butternut, Wis.) finished just over eight seconds out of first place with a season-best time of 3:26.29.

Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) represented the BSU men in the field events on the second day of championship competition.  The sophomore recorded a toss of 50-10.75 in the shot put to finish fourth and garner five points for the Beavers.

Minnesota State University, Mankato amassed 153.50 points to run away with the men’s 21-event league championships.  Minnesota State Univeristy-Moorhead finished second with 118.50, while St. Cloud State University took third with 105.  The Bemidji State men finished 10th with 35 points.   
   
On the women’s side of the competition, University of Mary piled up 145 points to own a 20-point cushion over Winona State University (125.50) and take the team championship.  After WSU, Augustana accumulated 110 point to finish third.  The Bemidji State women came in 10th with 21 team points.

The conclusion of the 2010 NSIC Championships signals the end of the outdoor track and field season for the majority of the Bemidji State track and field teams.  However, two BSU student-athletes will continue their seasons May 27-29 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C.  In addition to Buerkle, who will compete in the 400-meter dash, BSU’s multi-event standout Preble will compete in the decathlon.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Male - Tom Karbo (Augustana)
Female - Mary Theissen (Winona State)  

FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Male - Adam Kershaw (St. Cloud State)
Female - Heather Miller (St. Cloud State)  

TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Male - Nick Trisko (St. Cloud State)
Female - Morgan Place (Minnesota Duluth)  

COACH OF THE YEAR
Male - Mark Schuck (MSU Mankato)
Female - Mike Thorson (U-Mary)

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