ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck South Fieldhouse ) -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams won eight event titles Saturday at the SCSU Open, including a pair of 4x400-meter relay victories.
The Beavers were led by All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.), who captured 200- and 400-meter dash titles. In the 200 Buerkle broke the tape in 25.94, while winning in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 56.50--a time that ranks fifth in the country this season and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Senior Genna Ironi (Sauk Centre, Minn.) posted a win in the one-mile run turning in her fastest time of the year (5:39.10) to edge out teammate Alison Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.), who finished second with a 2011-best 5:53.07.
Taylor Sautbine (So., Tamarack, Minn.) also picked up a victory for the Beavers, winning the triple jump (33-09.25) to go along with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.85).
For the men, Mark Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn.) paced the 400-meter dash field with a time of 52.03, while holding off teammate Andrew Roiger (Fr., Dawson, Minn.), who claimed second with a season-best time of 52.79.
In addition to the sprint victory by Buerkle, BSU distance runner Brian Quigley (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) captured first place in the 3,000-meter run. Quigley’s best effort of the season (9:20.76) was nearly four seconds faster than his closest competition.
In the 1,000-meter run, teammates Abe Hartsell (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) and Pat Diedrich (Sr., Avon, Minn.) turned in third and fourth place finishes respectively. Hartsell’s 2:41.10 stood as his best time of the season with Diedrich following close behind (2:41.26).
On the field, senior Brian Bauleke (LeCenter, Minn.) continues to reach new heights in the high jump. Bauleke cleared a season best 6-00.75, to finish tied for third with fellow Beaver Paul Wagner (So., Fisher, Minn.).
The Beavers will have four athletes competing in the NSIC Multi Championship, which begins Sunday at 2 p.m. and continues Monday morning beginning at 10 a.m.
Competing for Bemidji State in the women’s pentathlon will be senior Pearl Walker (Bemidji, Minn.), Bauleke, Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) and Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) will participate in the heptathlon for the men.