Preble earns NSIC Preseason honor
Thursday, December 3, 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State University All-America multi-event athlete Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) has been named as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 2009 Preseason Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. The announcement came today as the league office unveiled the 2009 Preseason Indoor Coaches’ Polls. The Beaver men’s and women’s teams were each picked to finish 10th.

Preble enters his senior season as one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Bemidji State history. He is the school and NSIC record-holder in both the heptathlon and decathlon. As a freshman he stepped onto the scene to capture both conference multi-event titles en route to the NSIC’s Indoor and Outdoor Newcomer of the Year laurels and a conference record in the decathlon of 6,672, which still stands. In 2008 he repeated as NSIC champion in both the heptathlon and decathlon and was selected to the USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Team. Last season, he again earned championships in both NSIC multi-events, setting a league mark in the heptathlon (5,012), and scored points for BSU in eight different events at the NSIC Outdoor Championships including the 400-meter dash, 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and decathlon. A three-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships, he gained All-America honors last spring, placing fourth in the decathlon.

Preble joins: Preseason Men’s Track Athlete of the Year Denise Mokaya of Minnesota State University, Mankato; Preseason Women’s field Athlete of the Year Heather Miller of St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth’s Morgan Place, who was named Preseason Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for preseason conference honors.

In addition, BSU was represented by Tyler Lange (So., Nicollet, Minn.), Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and Missy Graber (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) who were each selcted as “Athletes to Watch” for their respective events this season.

The league’s coaches selected Minnesota State as the favorite to finish the season as team champions in the men’s and the women’s preseason polls. MSU narrowly edged Minnesota Duluth in each poll.

The Bemidji State indoor track season gets underway this weekend as the teams travel to Duluth, Minn. to participate in the College of St. Scholastica’s Mini Meet. The event will take place at Burns Wellness Commons and will begin at 1 p.m. Institutions participating in the meet are: Bemidji State, Northern Michigan University, St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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2009 NSIC Men’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Minnesota State - 81
2. Minnesota Duluth - 72
3. MSU-Moorhead - 50
4. St. Cloud State - 49
5. Northern State - 44
6. U-Mary - 42
7. Concordia-St. Paul - 38
8. Wayne State (Neb.) - 36
9. Augustana - 28
10. BEMIDJI STATE - 10

2009 NSIC Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Minnesota State - 96
2. Minnesota Duluth - 94
3. U-Mary - 77
4. St. Cloud State - 72
5. Winona State - 58
6. Augustana - 56
7. Wayne State (Neb.) - 48
8. MSU-Moorhead - 46
9. Northern State - 29
10. BEMIDJI STATE - 15
11. Concordia-St. Paul - 14

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