Buerkle tabbed Preseason NSIC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Buerkle tabbed Preseason NSIC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Bemidji State University All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) has been named as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 2011 Preseason Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.  The announcement came today as the league office unveiled the 2011 Preseason Indoor Coaches’ Polls.  The Beaver men’s and women’s teams were each picked to finish 10th.

Buerkle is coming off a tremendous 2009-10 campaign.  The BSU 2009-10 Female Student-Athlete of the Year gained All-America accolades for runner-up finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to conclude both the indoor and outdoor seasons. During the indoor season she established BSU records at the 60-, 200- (25.25), 300- (40.25), 400- (54.76), and 800-meter (2:19.11) distances while capturing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championship in the 400-meter dash with a new conference standard (55.09) and garnered All-NSIC laurels in the 200- and 400-meter races. The Stacy, Minn. native recorded three of the four fastest 400-meter dash times in the nation during the 2010 indoor season.  For her efforts she was named 2010 NSIC Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year. The 2010 NSIC Preseason Outdoor Female Track Athlete the Year was again crowned conference champion at the 400-meter distance clocking a new NSIC record time (54.99) en route to outdoor all-conference honors.  In addition to qualifying and participating in the 400-meter dash at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, she also received an invitation for the 200 and earned 19th place.  Her trend of obliterating the BSU sprint record book continued right through the end of the outdoor season. This spring, Buerkle established school records in the 200- (24.65) and 400-meters (53.85), lowering each mark periodically throughout the season before setting new records at the outdoor championships.

Buerkle joins: Preseason Men’s Field Athlete of the Year Dan Novak of Minnesota State University, Mankato; Preseason Men’s Track Athlete of the Year Laquone Robinson of Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Winona State University’s Rebecca Stier, who was named Preseason Women’s field Athlete of the Year for preseason conference honors.

In addition, BSU was represented by Raphael Gelo  (So., Kabetogama, Minn.), Sam Bofferding (Sr., Marshall, Minn.) and Pearl Walker (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) who were each selcted as “Athletes to Watch” for their respective events this season.

For the second consecutive season, the league’s coaches selected Minnesota State as the favorite to finish the season as men’s team champions, while U-Mary was favored in women’s preseason 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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2011 NSIC Men’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     Minnesota State (7) - 79
2.     MSU Moorhead (1) - 70
3.     Augustana (1) - 67
4.     Northern State - 50
5.     St. Cloud State - 46
6.     U-Mary - 40
7.     Concordia-St. Paul - 37
8.     Minnesota Duluth - 29
9.     Wayne State (Neb.) - 22
10.     BEMIDJI STATE - 10

2011 NSIC Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     U-Mary (7) - 96
2.     Augustana (3) - 92
3.     Minnesota State - 77
4.     Winona State (1) - 76
5.     St. Cloud State - 57
6.     Minnesota Duluth - 55
7.     Wayne State (Neb.) - 48
8.     MSU Moorhead - 40
9.     Northern State - 32
10.     BEMIDJI STATE - 21
11.     Concordia-St. Paul - 11
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