Preble earns NSIC honors after heptathlon championship
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Preble earns NSIC honors after heptathlon championship
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Bemidji State University senior multi event athlete Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Male Field Athlete of the Week after capturing his fourth consecutive conference heptathlon crown in the opening event of the 2010 NSIC Indoor Championship Saturday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen, S.D.  Preble accumulated 5,245 points in the seven-skill event to not only set new league and BSU records, but also move to into the top in the nation and automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships while competing at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen, S.D.  

With four events in the books, Preble held a slim, seven-point lead over Concordia University-St. Paul’s John Pimental (2,893) finishing the first day of competition with 2,902 points.  But on day two the senior left no doubt finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault before legging out a third place finish in the 1,000-meter run to set the new NSIC heptathlon standard.

Preble began day 2 by clocking the fastest 60-meter hurdle time at BSU in 2010, crossing the finish line with a share of first place in 8.87.  But he really began to separate himself from the rest of the field in the sixth event, the pole vault.  He came just two inches from equalling an 11-year-old school record (16-1), turning in a provisionally-qualifying height of 15-11 to score 856 points and enter the last event toting a 380-point lead over the rest of the field.  In the final event of the day, the 1,000-meters, the Coleraine, Minn. native finished seven seconds off the lead with a 2:56.12 to cruise to the championship leading Pimental and the rest of the field by more than 400 points.

Preble becomes the second member of the BSU track and field teams to be recognized by the NSIC this season.  Junior sprinter Kristi Buerke  (Stacy, Minn.) garnered the league’s weekly award Jan. 26 after breaking a 26-year-old school record in the 800-meter run.  

Preble was a four-time NSIC Athlete of the Week in 2008-09.

In addition to Preble, the league also honored St. Cloud State University’s Heather Miller as women’s field athlete of the week, Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Brittany Henderson as female track athlete of the week and Bill Cameron of Northern State University as its male track athlete.

Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action Thursday when they host the Bemidji Twilight. The meet, set for 4 p.m. at the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center, will serve as the Beavers’ final tune up before competing at the 2010 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 26-27 at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn.