Preble's NCAA championship quest comes to a premature conclusion
Thursday, May 22, 2008
PAMONA, Calif. - Bemidji State University decathlete Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.), has been forced to pull out of the 2008 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pamona, Calif. after three events. The sophomore suffered a hamstring injury during the first event of the day and after sticking it out through two more events, has, along with BSU head track and field coach Craig Hougen, decided to withdraw from competition to prevent further injury.

Preble, the BSU and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference decathlon record-holder (6,672 points), finished the day in 12th place with 1,788 points. The remainder of the field also wrapped up the first day of competition after just three of its scheduled five events due to heavy rain and lightening.

The sophomore's day began with a 12th place finish in the 100-meter dash clocking a time of 12.07 seconds. Despite the injury, Preble continued to compete stretching the tape to 43 feet, nine and 1/4 inches in the shot put to earn third place, while he rounded out the field with a long jump of 17-09--both marks that were well under his season bests.

Preble's early withdrawal brings his sophomore campaign to a close.

Bemidji State's other national championship qualifiers will be in action tomorrow. Two-time defending indoor and defending outdoor national champion shot put thrower Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) enters the meet ranked ninth in the 18-participant field and will throw out of the No. 8 slot of the second flight beginning at 5:55 p.m. PDT. She will be proceeded by six-time All-American Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.), who posted the nation's second-longest throw in 2008 (61-06 3/4), will set out in search of his first national championship leading off the first flight at 3 p.m. PDT.