NSIC names Bemidji State’s Preble Athlete of the Week
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
NSIC names Bemidji State’s Preble Athlete of the Week
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 winning the 2010 NSIC decathlon championship in Aberdeen, S.D. April 25-26.

The senior’s 6,957 points in the 10-discipline competition is a new conference record, while taking into account his 7,026 scored in mid-April, Preble now owns two of the top three decathlon scores in the country this outdoor season.

Preble opened the championships placing seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.32.  He followed that with a 20-01.00 long jump to place sixth among the field.  After two events, he sat in 292 off the lead, but shot put toss of 46-09.50 in the third event out distanced the rest of the field by at least eight feet and the senior climbed into second.  Preble finished the first day of competition with back-to-back second-place finishes in the high jump (6-03.25) and the 400-meter dash (52.00) to overtake Concordia University-St. Paul’s John Pemental for the top spot on the leader board.

A 2009 All-America performer in the decathlon, Preble owned a 23-point lead over his closest competitor after the first five bouts of the championship, accumulating 3,585 points day one.  

Despite less-than-perfect weather conditions and a delayed start on day two, the senior powered through to extend his lead over the field before winning his fourth straight decathlon title and breaking his own NSIC record of 6,627 set in 2006.

Preble opened the day clocking a time of 15.90 in the 110-meter hurdles to place third among his peers.  The senior then assembled a string of three consecutive event wins to hold the title out of reach.  He stretched the tape to 140-00 in the discus to out distance the field by nearly 16 feet in the seventh event.  He followed that with a 14-11.00 in the pole vault, before posting a 177-11 in the javelin throw in the ninth discipline to set up the championship win.

Preble went into the final event of the day, the 1,500-meter run, with an insurmountable 885-point lead over his nearest competitor.  He ran a  5:13.92 to finish seventh and preserve a 806-point lead to garner the title.

The addition of his four decathlon crowns outdoors to his four straight indoor heptathlon victories exhibits his dominance of the multi-discipline events.  He has now gone a perfect eight-of-eight in NSIC multi-event competitions.

Although the score was not his best of the season, the BSU standout has already assured himself of a chance to defend the All-America honors he acquired last spring posting an automatically qualifying score of 7,026 at the St. John’s University Decathlon April 11.  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 fifth of the 2009-10 athletic year and the second of this outdoor campaign for Preble.  He was also named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week three times during the 2010 indoor season.

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action May 1 when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to participate in the Ron Masanz Open.