Walker places 18th in the NSIC pentathlon
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Walker places 18th in the NSIC pentathlon

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck South Fieldhouse ) -- Bemidji State University multi-event athlete Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) holds third place after four events in the heptathlon, while senior Pearl Walker (Bemidji, Minn.) finished the pentathlon in 18th place as members of the BSU men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams took part in the 2011 NSIC Multi Championships at Halenbeck South Fieldhouse Sunday.

Juell collected 2,633 points on Day 1 of the competition strengthening his performance with a season-best throw in the shot put. Juell’s 38-02.75 mark in the shot placed him third in the event to go with a third place finish in the 60-meter dash, breaking the tape in 7.21. Juell came in ninth in the long jump (20-05.25) and tied for ninth in the high jump (5-09.75). The sophomore heads into Day 2 and the final three events 222 points behind Minnesota State University, Moorhead’s Laquone Robinson, who posted 2,855 winning the 60-meter dash (7.07) and the long jump (22-03.50).

Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) finished the first day ranked 14th with 2,410 points. Gelo enters the final day of competition with his best event, the pole vault, still to go. Gelo owns the fourth best pole vault mark in the NSIC this season.

Senior Brian Bauleke (LeCenter, Minn.) scored 2,201 points Sunday to hold down 17th place. Bauleke tied for fourth in the high jump clearing 6-01.25.

On the women’s side, Walker finished 18th with 2,411 points in a highly competitive pentathlon field. The senior’s top performance of the competition was a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:39.43), while she matched her season-best mark in the high jump clearing 4-04.25.

Wayne State College’s Paige Pollard claimed the 2011 NSIC women’s pentathlon crown with a score of 3,277, narrowly missing a NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark. Pollard clocked one of the 10 fastest 800-meter run times in the NSIC this season (2:20.00) and placed fourth in the shot put (33-09.25) en route to a 69-point victory over Tanya Vassar (3,208) of Northern State University.

The men will set out to complete the heptathlon beginning at 10 a.m. Monday with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and will close out the seven-event competition with the 1,000-meter run.

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