Preble named ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Preble named ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team
TOWSON, Md.  -- Bemidji State University men’s track and field student-athlete Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America Track and Field and Cross Country Second Team, CoSIDA today announced. The Coleraine, Minn. native becomes BSU’s third track and field athlete to make an appearance on the academic All-America team.

Preble finished his collegiate track and field career with All-America accolades in the heptathlon indoors and decathlon outdoors. As a senior, Preble was selected 2010 Central Region Field Indoor Athlete of the Year and 2010 NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after a stellar indoor season.  The team captain captured an unprecedented fourth consecutive NSIC heptathlon championship with a school and conference record 5,245 points. In addition, he also cleared a personal-best 16-00.00 in the pole vault to finish fourth and rank among the nation’s top 20 vaulters, while placing eighth in the shot put with a toss of 48-04.50 at the NSIC Championships. An automatic qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships, he added to his BSU heptathlon record earning 5,294 en route to finishing second and posting two of the top three scores in the country during the indoor season. Named the Preseason NSIC’s Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, Preble backed up the honor by capturing his fourth straight NSIC decathlon title scoring an NSIC-record 6,957 points. Preble automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships early in the season and again surpassed his own school record in the 10-discipline event netting 7,193 en route to runner-up laurels. For his efforts on the track and in the classroom, he was selected as BSU’s 2009-10 Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Preble capped his collegiate career as an eight-time NSIC champion, three-time NCAA Division II multi-event All-America performer and five-time national championship qualifier in addition to owning BSU and NSIC records in both the heptathlon and decathlon.

Academically, Preble, who owns a 3.54 GPA in industrial technology, is a regular member of the BSU Dean’s List and BSU Athletic Department’s 3.0 Club.  He is a six-time Academic All-NSIC selection and has been picked to represent Bemidji State on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

With 47 student-athletes recognized between the College Division All-America First, Second and Third Teams, Preble was the only representative from any of the 14 NSIC institutions and was one of just five student-athletes hailing from the state of Minnesota.

Preble’s honor gives Bemidji State 14 academic All-America recipients dating back to the early 1970s, while this marks the school’s first All-America recognition since Phil McCollum, a two-time academic All-America selection in track and field, was selected Second-Team in 2006. In addition to McCollum (2004, 2006), Preble joins: men’s basketball players Steve Vogel (1976-78) and Royce Bryan (2003); men’s hockey players James Karner (1994) and Peter Jonsson (2005); softball’s Abby Stritesky (2000); Anik Cote from women’s hockey (2002, 2003); volleyball’s Kristin Smith (2004) and Cristina Egnell, who became the first BSU soccer player to earn the honor (2005).

Since 2005, the Bemidji State track and field teams, under the direction of head coach Craig Hougen, have also produced 18 All-American performers and three individual national champions.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,200-member CoSIDA organization. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports Information Directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the All-District teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot. The program honors over 800 student-athletes around the nation each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 17,000 have been named to Academic All-America Teams