Beaver men dominate Throwing events at North Country Invite
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Beaver men dominate Throwing events at North Country Invite
DULUTH, Minn. (Griggs Field) -- Led by a record-breaking sprint performance and a dominant showing the throwing events, the Bemidji State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams each finished third at the North Country Invitational today at Griggs Field in Duluth, Minn.

Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) captured sprint victories in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash events to pace the BSU women’s squad.  The junior set a new Bemidji State record in the 200-meter dash clocking a provisionally-qualifying time of 25.04 to shave .06 from her own record (25.10) set in the spring of 2008.  She followed that with a season-best 55.44 in the 400.  Not only did she place first in the event, she also moved up to 12th on the NCAA Division II outdoor performance list.

The Beavers also got a solid performances out of their 100-meter hurdles participants.  Taylor Sautbine (Fr., Tamarack, Minn.) took top honors in the race with a 16.04, while teammate Ashley Larva was a faction of a second behind in second place crossing the finish line in 16.18.

Chelsea Preble (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) also continued to excel in the javelin throw.  She placed first measuring her best throw of the 2010 season.  She stretched the tape to 128-01 to stand just over three feet from the NCAA provisional qualifying distance.

Preble’s toss in the women’s javelin was just a hint of what was to come in on the men’s side of the throwing events.  BSU had two of the top three throws in the discus and shot put, while it had a second place finish in the hammer and third in the javelin.

The duo of Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) doubled Saturday.  The two finished one-two in shot put. Leonhardt took top honors with a 2010-best toss of 50-11.50, while Preble was just over four feet back in second place with a mark of 46-03.25.  In the discus, Leonhardt’s 148-05 was good for second and again Preble finished one spot behind with a 140-02.

Adding to the Beavers’ dominance in the field events, Kyle Christianson (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn.) captured second place in the hammer throw with a season-best distance of 162-06 and Logan Robinson (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) moved to fifth place on the NSIC javelin list with a season-best throw of 162-06 to place third.  In addition, Raphael Gelo (Fr., Kabetogama, Minn.) cleared a season-high 15-00.00 to finish first in the pole vault and jump to fifth on the NSIC’s list of 2010-best vaults.

The BSU outdoor track and field teams will be back in action April 20, when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Cobber Twilight.

Team Rankings


1.  Minnesota Duluth - 376
2.  St. Scholastica - 159
3.  Bemidji State - 89
4.  Michigan Tech - 83
5.  Concordia-St. Paul - 78
6.  Wisconsin-Superior - 48
7.  Lakehead - 28
8.  St. Cloud State - 15

1.  Minnesota Duluth - 337
2.  Concordia-St. Paul - 144
3.  Bemidji State - 119
4.  St. Scholastica - 118
5.  Michigan Tech - 83
6.  Wisconsin-Superior - 64
7.  St. Cloud State - 18
8.  Lakehead - 16