Preble gains All-America honors as NCAA Division II decathlon runner-up
Friday, May 28, 2010
Preble gains All-America honors as NCAA Division II decathlon runner-up
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Irwin Belk Track Complex) -- Bemidji State University multi-event standout  Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) entered the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships as one of the most decorated student-athletes in BSU track and field history and today he left his mark yet again.  The senior picked up his third All-America honor with a second-place finish in the decathlon scoring a BSU-record 7,193.

Preble began the final day of competition in second among the 12-man field, just 117 points off the lead, after posting 3,748 through a consistent first five disciplines.  Despite posting better marks than rest of the field in both the discus throw an the pole vault on day two, Preble was unable to track down Central Missouri State University sophomore Darius Walker, who captured his second consecutive NCAA multi-event championship with 7,222 points.

Preble slid to fourth place after the first event of the day.  Despite finishing just fractions of a second of his best 110-meter hurdles time of 2010 with a 16.35, he finished 12th in the event scoring 694 points. 

Preble would respond like a champion topping the field in the next two events.  He stretched the tape to 137-01 in the discus to earn 701 points and gain 86 points on Walker.  The Coleraine, Minn. native then followed that by picking up another 116 points on the leader in the pole vault clearing a height of 15-03 garner 804 points and surpass the rest of the competitors by nearly six inches. 

Preble continued his run at the individual title in the ninth event, the javelin throw.  He finished fourth among his counterparts with a 173-03 to reel Walker to within 24 points heading into the final event. 

Preble toed the line for the 1,500-meter run needing the race of his life and he got it.  The senior shaved nearly five seconds off his season-best time in the event recording a 4:50.47, but crossed the line .89 of a second behind Walker to finish the 10-discipline event 29 points out of national championship contention.

The runner-up finish marked the second of his career.  Preble also placed second in the heptathlon at the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.  A three-time All-America performer and five-time NCAA Championship qualifier never lost a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference multi-event championship.  He won four consecutive heptathlon titles indoors and a quartet of decathlon crowns outdoors and owns school and league records in both events. The 2010 Bemidji State Student-Athlete of the Year also garnered NSIC Male Field Athlete of the year honors and was named Central Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in 2010.

Equally talented in the classroom, Preble is a regular on the BSU Dean’s List and maintains membership on the BSU Athletic Department’s 3.0 Club.  In addition, has been named to the NSIC All-Academic team six times and is a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.

Day two of the NCAA Championships continues tonight as BSU sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.), who already qualified for the 400-meter dash finals with a school-record 54.31, will be in action as she attempts to make the 200-meter dash finals in the 200-meter prelims.