Gelo’s record-setting performance leads BSU at Cobber Sunny Day Meet
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Gelo’s record-setting performance leads BSU at Cobber Sunny Day Meet
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Raphael Gelo’s (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) record-setting performance in the pole vault, highlighted a string of six event titles for the Bemidji State University outdoor track and field teams Tuesday at Concordia College’s Cobber Sunny Day Invitational in Moorhead, Minn.

Gelo cleared 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches to claim first place in the pole vault, breaking the BSU record in the event for the second time in a week.  Friday, Gelo shattered a 16-year-old school record in the event (16-1) posting a height of 16-4 3/4 only to inch higher Tuesday afternoon.  The record-setting mark not only tops the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) pole vault list this spring, it places him fourth in the country and betters his provisionally-qualifying mark to solidify his place in the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  

In addition to Gelo, Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.), Marc Sizer (So., St. Peter, Minn.) and Jakob Bissell (Fr., Plymouth, N.H.) each collected first-place finishes in the meet.  

Leonhardt earned a victory in the shot put with a season-best toss of 51 feet, 5 1/2 inches. In addition, he placed second in the discus throw with a mark of 145-5 and stretched the tape nearly 10 feet beyond his previous 2011-best in the hammer taking third with a distance of 169-7.

Bissell capped BSU’s dominant showing in the throwing events with a mark of 167 feet, 1 inch to earn first place in the javelin throw.

Sizer moved into the top 10 on the NSIC’s 110-meter hurdle list crossing the finish line first in the event, clocking a time of 15.71.

In addition, senior Abe Hartsell (Alexandria, Minn.) turned in a 1,500-meter run time of 4 minutes, 8.09 seconds.  The season-best time was good enough to place Hartsell second in the event.

On the women’s side, Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) earned the top spot in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.08, while she combined with teammates Taylor Sautbine (Fr., Tamarack, Minn.), Ciarra Robinson (So., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Ashley Larva (Fr., Floodwood, Minn.)  to break BSU’s 4-by-100-meter relay record, placing second in the event with a time of 49.02 seconds.  The squad erased a mark (49.27) in place at Bemidji State since the 1996 campaign.

In addition, Michelle Ohman (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) continues to shine in middle distance events.  She posted a season-best time of 2 minutes, 17.17 seconds to win the 800-meter run and move up to third on the 2011 NSIC outdoor performance list.

Bemidji State’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams continue a busy week of competition Saturday as they travel to Moorhead, Minn., the site of the 2011 NSIC Outdoor Championships, to compete in Minnesota State University, Moorhead’s Ron Masanz Invitational. The meet will serve as the teams’ final tune-up before the conference championships May 13-14.

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