Awarded for record-setting performance
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BEMIDJI , Minn. -
-  For the second time this indoor season, Bemidji State’s Zac Preble (Jr., Coleraine, Minn.) has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s Field Athlete of the Week, in an announcement made by the league today. Preble earned the award for his efforts in heptathlon at the NSIC championship’s held in Aberdeen, S.D. this past weekend.

The junior found himself leading the pack of the 14-man field by 399 points after the first day competition. On Monday records would fall. Preble increased his lead over his opponents to 460 points on his way to defending his conference championship. He finished with a total score of 5,012 which set a new event record at the Barnett Center.

Preble finished in the top three in five of the seven events, while taking first place finishes in the long jump and the shot put. His leap of 21-02.75 was good enough for a first place finish in the long jump. In the shot put, Preble out-threw his opponents by over nine feet with a throw of 48-08.75.

Preble’s total score of 5,012 ranks him fifth on the 2009 NCAA Division II indoor performance list. In the process, the multi-event athlete increased the point-total to his own BSU record set earlier this season. He also broke his own NSIC record which he set a year ago at the conference championships by 180 points (4,832).

The multi-event championships are the first two events of the 2009 Indoor Track and Field Championships. With Preble’s title in the heptathlon, he earned 10 points for BSU’s men’s team, which will be added to the team’s total score.

This is the second time this indoor season, and the fifth time in his career that Preble has been named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week. He is the third Beaver track athlete to be named player of the week this season. Preble is joined by Augustana’s Travis Beniak who was named NSIC men’s Track athlete of the Week. On the women’s side St. Cloud State’s Heather Miller was named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week, while Minnesota Duluth’s Morgan Place was awarded the Track Athlete of the Week.

Preble and the rest of the BSU track and field teams return to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center Feb. 19 for one final tune up before the team hosts the conference championships Feb. 27-28. The Bemidji State Twilight is slated for a 4 p.m. start Thursday afternoon.

2009 NSIC Track Athletes of the Week

Jan. 20 - Zac Preble Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 10 - Abe Hartsell Track Athlete of the Week
Feb. 17 - Zac Preble Field Athlete of the Week