Beavers gain third place at Cobber Twilight
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Beavers gain third place at Cobber Twilight
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams took advantage of a beautiful spring day in Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday posting several season-best marks en route to each team finishing third at the Cobber Twilight.

The BSU men showed balance winning a running event and a field event to go with 12 top-four finishes on the day. Junior Abe Hartsell (Alexandria, Minn.) set the Beavers’ pace on the track.  He ran a season-best 10:20.77 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to capture first place and lead the way for Dominique Trom (Jr., Byron, Minn.) and Brian Quigley (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) who finished second and third in the event, respectively, as both also recorded 2010-bests. Billy Sackett (So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) followed capturing second in the 5,000-meter run with a time 16:21.73, before the Beavers 4x100-meter relay team of Tandy Juell (Fr., Redwood Falls, Minn.), Raphael Gelo (Fr., Kabetogama, Minn.), Keith Smith (So., Jacksonville, Fla.) and Korey Smith (So., Jacksonville, Fla.) posted a season-best 43.06 to cross the finish line second.

In one of the finest performances of the day, BSU track athlete Eric Schauer (So., Langdon, N.D.) finished third at the 800-meter distance clocking a personal-best 1:58.86.

In the field events, the Beavers were paced by Brock Beidleman (Jr., Anoka, Minn.) who recorded a season-best javelin throw of 161-9 to capture first place.  Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) took second in the shot put with a toss of 47-6 1/2, while Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) was just 16 inches behind (46-2) in fourth place.  Leonhardt Also moved to fourth on the 2010 Outdoor NSIC Performance list with a 2010-best mark of 151-6 in the discus to round out BSU’s strong showing the throwing events.

Preble and Gelo completed the BSU men’s competition finishing second and fourth in the pole vault.  Preble’s season-best 15-9 in the event, was not only good for second place, it also ranks as the third-best vault in the NSIC this spring and fell just three inches short of the school record.  Gelo was close behind in fourth with an outdoor season-best 15-1.

In women’s competition, junior All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) registered a time of 55.11 in the 400-meter dash to capture first place and headline a group of five BSU student-athletes to finish in the top two of their respective events. Freshman hurdler Taylor Sautbine (Tamarack, Minn.) placed second in the 100-meter hurdles posting a time of 16.26.  Gena Ironi (Sr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) added a second place finish in the 800-meter run logging her best time of the 2010 outdoor season.

In the throwing events, Missy Graber (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) recorded her best distance of the season in the hammer throw, stretching the tape to 141-10 to capture second place.  Chelsea Preble (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) added a second place finish in the javelin recording a throw of 120-5.

The Bemidji State outdoor track and field teams have a busy weekend ahead of them.  The entire program is schedule to compete at the Al Cassell Relays in Jamestown N.D. Saturday, while multi event athletes will be off to Aberdeen S.D. Sunday and Monday to kick of the 2010 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the heptathlon and decathlon championships.