NSIC honors Preble with weekly award
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
NSIC honors Preble with weekly award
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University All-America 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 posting a first-place finish and automatically qualifying for the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the St. John’s University Decathlon in Collegeville, Minn. April 11-12.

The senior’s 7,026 points in the 10-event competition cleared the automatic qualification standards by 126 points and came within 59 points of his own school record score.

Opening the competition with a 11.44, first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, Preble garnered 765 points to lead from nearly wire to wire, simply overmatching the competition.  He posted the best time, height or distance in seven of the 10 events to claim the individual title by 1,055 points.

Preble followed his win in the 100-meters with a leap of 20-10 in the long jump.  A second-place finish in the event gave him 1,429 points placing him in second overall, 98 points behind Ryan Koch. But the third event has always been a strength of the senior and a shot put mark of 47-11.75 gave him 766 points for a three-event total of 2,195--six points ahead of Koch--as he moved into the lead for good.   Preble finished the first day of competition solidly atop the leader board with 3,565 after garnering 653 in the high jump by clearing 6-0, before breaking the 400-meter dash tape in a time of 52.18 for 717 points.  The event win sparked a stretch of five consecutive first-place finishes for Preble.

The Coleraine, Minn. native opened the second day of competition by finishing first in the 110-meter hurdles clocking a time of 16.08 to pile 724 onto his total.  He widened the gap over the competition in the sixth event--the discus.  Preble outdistanced the field by over 24 feet as he stretched the tape to 141-6 (728 pts).  After a 14-9 (760) in the pole vault, he scored 665 with a 180-11 in the javelin before closing out the competition finishing fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:55.76 (584).

The automatically qualifying mark gives him the top decathlon score in the nation this season and assures the BSU standout of a chance to defend the All-America honors he acquired last spring.  As a junior, Preble scored a school-record 7,085 at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships to become the first BSU athlete to eclipse the 7,000-point plateau and capture fourth place overall.  This year’s national championship meet takes place in Charlotte, N.C. May 27-29.

The league honor is the fourth of the 2009-10 athletic year for Preble.  He was named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week three times during the 2010 indoor season.

Preble and the rest of the BSU outdoor track and field teams will be back in action April 17, when they travel to Duluth, Minn. to compete in the 2010 Bulldog Open.