Juell holds on for third place finish at NSIC Multi Championships
Monday, February 14, 2011
Juell holds on for third place finish at NSIC Multi Championships

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck South Fieldhouse ) -- Bemidji State University sophomore and multi-event standout Tandy Juell (Redwood Falls, Minn.) claimed third-place in the heptathlon Monday at the 2011 NSIC Multi Championships at Halenbeck South Fieldhouse.

Juell finished with 4,774 points and provisionally qualified for the heptathlon at NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Juell entered day two with three events remaining and trailed Minnesota State University, Moorhead’s Laquone Robinson by 222 points for first place. Juell fell back to seventh in the standings after the first event of the day, the 60-meter hurdles (9.39). Juell used the second event, the pole vault, to vault back up the standings. Clearing a season-best height of 14-09.50 and earning 763 points, Juell finished second in the event to teammate Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) before finishing sixth in the final event the 1,000-meter run (2:53.84).

Juell’s 4,774 points in the heptathlon ranks him tenth in the country this season.

Justin Wolf of Minnesota State University, Mankato placed fourth-or-better in all three second day events to finish second overall with 4,789 points, while Robinson held on to win the heptathlon with 5,005 points. Robinson won four events overall, including the 60-meter hurdles (8.20) to open competition Monday.

Gelo jumped up two spots in the final standings, finishing 12th overall. Gelo entered the second day of events with 2,410 points with his best overall event, the pole vault, remaining. Gelo claimed a win the pole vault as he cleared 15-01.50, earning 793 points and finishing with 4,285 total points.

Senior Brian Bauleke (LeCenter, Minn.) finished 15th overall, climbing two spots in the standings with 3,908 points. Bauleke placed second in the 1,000-meter run turning in a season-best time of 2:48.48.

By placing third, Juell earned six points for the Beavers in the team competition as they head into the NSIC Championships.

On the women’s side for BSU, senior Pearl Walker (Bemidji, Minn.) finished 18th with 2,411 points on Sunday in an extremely competitive pentathlon field. The senior matched her season-best mark in the high jump clearing 4-04.25, while her top performance of the competition was a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:39.43).

The entire Bemidji State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will be in action Feb. 17 as the Beavers return home to host the Bemidji State Twilight at the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center. The meet, set for 4 p.m., will serve as a final tune up for the Beavers before hosting the 2011 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 25-26.