Duluth, Minn. – (Griggs Field) The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams took home seven event titles Friday at the North Country Invitational, led by Brian Leonhardt’s (So., Blaine, Minn.) first-place finishes in the discus and shot put.
Leonhardt won the discus with a throw of 151- 5 and the shot put with a mark of 49-1. The sophomore also placed second in the hammer throw with a season-best distance of 159- 2, ranking him sixth in the NSIC in the event.
Sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) helped lead the BSU women’s team as she paced the field on her way to taking the crown in the 400-meter dash. The senior broke the tape in 56.10 seconds, beating her competition by nearly four seconds.
In addition to Buerkle, freshman Ashley Larva (Floodwood, Minn.) garnered a first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 15- 6 1/2, while Lisa Williams (Fr., Onamia, Minn.) placed second in the pole vault (10- 5 1/2).
In the prelims of the 100-meter dash Taylor Sautbine (So., Tamarack, Minn.) turned in a 2011-best time(15.52) en route to finishing fourth in the finals. The sophomore’s prelim time ranks eighth best in the NSIC this outdoor season. Sautbine also placed fifth in the high jump (4- 3 1/4) and seventh in the triple jump (32- 6 1/4).
For the men, Mark Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn) ran his fastest time this season (50.57), finishing second in the 200-meter dash by just a thousandth of a second. Distance runners Abe Hartsell (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) and Brian Quigley (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) also snagged second place finishes in the 1500-meter run (4:13.56) and 3000-meter steeplechase (10:12.08), respectively.
In the field, multi-event standout Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) and freshman Jakob Bissell (Plymouth, N.H.) took the top two spots in the javelin throw. Juell used a mark of 167- 8 to outdistance his teammate for the win.
Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) finished second in the pole vault (14- 11 1/2) and fourth in the javelin throw (148- 9).
The women’s relay teams earned victories in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay events, while the men placed second in both events.
The women captured first-place in the 4x100-meter relay by clocking a season-best time of49.78, missing the school record by less than five tenths of a second.
The Beavers are on the road again next week as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the Drake Relays April 24-30th and the Kip Jarvin Open in Indianola, Iowa ( April 29).