Unattached Preble holds on for Super 8 Multi title
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Unattached Preble holds on for Super 8 Multi title
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center) -- It may have been nearly eight months since Zac Preble was competing for the pentathlon title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but the former Bemidji State University track and field standout proved his days of competing at a high level are not yet behind him.  The 2010 graduate came back to the Gillett Recreation/Fitness center--the site of his reign as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s (NSIC) top multi-event competitor for the past four years--to compete in the Beavers’ 2011 Super 8 Open Multi. The All-America performer not only held his own, he rose to the top of the heap winning the seven-event competition with 4,428 points.

Owning a 185-point lead over his closest competitor after four events, Preble returned on Day 2 to earn event wins in two of three events stretching his lead to 535 points over the field for the crown.  The Coleraine, Minn. native edged the field with a 9.21 in the 60-meter hurdles and cleared 14-01.25 to capture the pole vault.  The cushion assembled allowed Preble to finish more than 34 seconds out of first in the 1,000-meter run, crossing in 3:29.10, to hold on for the victory.

Preble edged former teammate Brian Baulke (Sr., LeCenter, Minn.), who rallied from fourth place after four events to slide into second on Day 2 scoring 3,893.  Baulke finished fourth in three of the first four events, but his 6-00.50 high jump mark kept him in the hunt, closing to within 139 points of third place and the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Ben Niemman (2,317) late Friday.

Saturday, Baulke finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.61 and tied for third with a pole vault of 10-02.00 setting a 1,000-meter race for second place.  

Baulke toed the line in the seventh and final event, 54 points out of third and 593 behind UMD’s Matt Molde and second place.  The BSU senior then turned in a 2:54.77 in the 1,000 for 22.25-second and 205 point cushion over the field.  

The performance in the event was not only enough to propel him past Niemman in third, due to Molde not finishing the event, he moved into second place.

Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) also competed in the heptathlon for the Beavers, but pulled out of competition after placing first in the 60-meter dash (7.23).

On the won’s side of the multi-event meet, Pearl Walker (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) took second in the pentathlon Friday.  With 2,347 in the five-event competition, she trailed the College of St. Scholastica’s Katie Brownson (2,448) by just 101 points for the title.  

Walker won the 60-meter dash (10.59), the shot put (29.04.50) and edged Brownson by almost seven seconds in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2:42.52, but still fell short of the crown.

The complete men’s and women’s track and field teams are in action today as they compete in the Super 8 Open.  The event is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Other teams expected to compete in the open are: Minnesota Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior and St. Scholastica.