SUPERIOR, Wis. (Marcovich Wellness Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams claimed seven event titles Saturday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Blizzard Open. Both teams were anchored by a pair of wins in the 4x400-meter relay, while both 4x200 relay teams earned second place finishes.
The BSU men had three different student-athletes produce top finishes, while the BSU women were lead with a win in the 800-meters by Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.).
Sophomore Raphael Gelo (Kabetogama, Minn.) and freshman Jacob Nelson (Pierz, Minn.) helped guide the Beavers, combining for three wins on the day. Nelson earned two first places finishes with wins in the 60-meter (7.21) and the 200-meter dash (23.36). Gelo, not to be outdone by his teammates, set the Blizzard Open record in the pole vault when he turned in a season best effort of 15-00.25.
Pat Diedrich (Sr., Avon, Minn.) posted his season-best time (2:07.06) to win the 800-meter run, edging out teammate Brian Bauleke (Sr., LeCenter, Minn.) and his 2011-best time (2:08.32) to finish first and second, respectiively.
The BSU men also got a strong performance from Jimmy Plain (Fr., Wyoming, Minn.). Plain snagged a pair of second place finishes, recording a 42-01.50 in the triple jump and a season best 20-02.25 in the long jump.
On the women’s side, Buerkle recorded a season best time of 2:19.46 in-route to finishing first in the 800-meters falling just shy of the meet record (2:19.11) she set at last year’s Blizzard Open. Newcomer Ashley Larva (Fr., Floodwood, Minn.) took third in the 200-meter hurdles and posted her best effort of the season with a 8.24 to finish third in the 60-meter dash.
The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams are in action next weekend when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Cobber Duals.