Preble earns All-America accolades
Friday, May 22, 2009
SAN ANGELO, Tex. -- A year ago he suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the outdoor championships, qualifying for the indoor championships a few months ago, he no heighted in the pole vault and slid out of contention, but the third time is a charm for Bemidji State University’s Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.). Today the junior became the first BSU athlete to eclipse the 7,000-point mark in the decathlon taking fourth place at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Tex.

Seated in fifth place after the first day of competition, Preble put together a solid final five events on Day 2 to complete the multi-event championship with 7,085 points, piling 231 points onto his own Bemidji State record (6,854) set earlier this season.

Preble’s final day of competition was highlighted by back-to-back finishes among the top three. He stretched the tape 137-feet, seven-inches (137-07) on his final attempt in the javelin throw to place second among the field. The Coleraine, Minn. native followed that up by clearing 15-01.00 in the pole vault to climb into third place overall. Preble placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 167-11 to enter the 1,500-meter run, the tenth event, seated in third place. He clocked a 5:02.90 in the final event but was bumped out of the top three by Wayne Durham of Adams State who recorded a 1,500-meter time of 4:37.42 to finish the decathlon with 7,086 and edge Preble by a single point.

Abilene Christian University’s Camille Vandendriessche captured the title of being collegiate sports best all-around athlete winning the 2009 outdoor decathlon national championship with 7,674. He overtook the Day 1 leader, Ryan McWilliams (7,297) of Angelo State after the discus throw, the seventh event, and did not look back, cruising to the 377-point victory.

Including Preble’s most recent accomplishment, BSU Head Coach Craig Hougan’s track and field programs have produced 14 All-Americans since 2005.

Official meet results are available at at the conclusion of each event.