Buerkle selected to Capitol One Academic All-District V team
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Buerkle selected to Capitol One Academic All-District V team
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) has been selected to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District® V Women’s Track and Field Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

Buerkle, a six-time All-America performer, earned a first-team nod and will now be included on the 2010-11 College Division Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot.

Buerkle, a senior majoring in elementary education, carried a 3.86 GPA into her final semester at Bemidji State.  A nine-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Academic Team honoree, the 2010-11 BSU Female Athlete of the Year has been a regular on the BSU Dean’s List, qualifying all seven semesters she has been eligible, has earned recognition from the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as an All-Academic individual, has played a significant role on multiple USTFCCCA All-Academic teams and is a member of the BSU Athletic Department 3.0 Club.

Buerkle is coming off a tremendous 2011 outdoor campaign.  The Stacy, Minn. native qualified for and competed in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships after gaining NSIC championships in the 200- and 400-meter dash events May 13-14.  She clocked a time of 55.04 seconds in the 400 to claim fourth place, while she turned in a 200-meter time of 24.91 and finished 19th overall.

Wrapping up her collegiate career at the championships, Buerkle leaves BSU as one of its most decorated female athletes of all time. The All-America sprinter owns the BSU outdoor 200- (24.11) and 400-meter records (53.85) and was a member of the school-record holding 4-by-100-meter relay team (48.90).  Indoors, she holds school records at the  60-meter, 200-meter (24.94), 300-meter (40.25), 400-meter (54.76), 600-meter (1:36.53) and 800-meter (2:19.11) distances and ran the anchor leg of BSU’s top 4-by-400-meter relay team (3:59.95).  She is a five-time NSIC champion, two-time USTFCCCA All-Central Region selection, the 2011 USTFCCCA Central Region Female Athlete of the Year, a former NSIC Female Track Athlete of the Year and is a two-time BSU Student Athlete of the Year.  

In addition, the senior sprinter becomes the fifth BSU student-athlete to earn academic all-district honors during the 2010-11 academic year. She joins Ryan Adams (Sr., D, Deloraine, Manitoba), who was named First-Team All-Academic District V At-Large at the conclusion of the hockey season and Alysha Domiano (Sr., D, Dayton, Minn.), who earned Second-Team All-District V soccer accolades along with Brian Leonhardt (So., TE, Blaine, Min.) and  Brody Scheff (Jr, S, Waconia, Minn.) of the BSU football team, who were each named Second-Team All-District V in November.

BSU has had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last nine years and boasts 14 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.

The Capitol One Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,200-member CoSIDA organization. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports Information Directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the All-District teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot. The program honors over 800 student-athletes around the nation each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 over 17,000 have been named to Academic All-America Teams

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).