Bemidji State track and field braves weather to compete in Holst Invite
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Bemidji State track and field braves weather to compete in Holst Invite
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sea Foam Stadium) -- On a day much more representative of what the Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams might expect of the indoor season, the Beavers bundled up and took their talents to the unseasonably cold and windy outdoors Saturday to compete in Concordia University-St. Paul’s Second Annual Holst Invitational at Sea Foam Stadium In St. Paul, Minn.

Despite the harsh conditions, an abbreviated version of the BSU track and field teams came away with nine top five performances and an event title.  

Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) led the BSU contingent claiming the fastest time in the 100-meter dash.  The senior posted a season-best and meet record in the prelims of the sprint with a 12.41 and would later garner top honors with a 12.45 in the finals.

Michelle Ohman (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Kirsten Maras (Jr., Ramsey, Minn.) each placed 4th at the meet finishing the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run in times of 1:03.76 and 2:33.59, respectively.

The Bemidji State men garnered six top five finishes and were led by Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) who captured second place in the shot put with a throw of 50-10.00 and stretched the tape to 138-01 to finish fifth in the discus throw.

Marc Sizer (So., St. Peter, Minn.) also recorded a second-place finish clocking a time of 16.35 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Sophomore pole vaulter Raphael Gelo (Kabetogama, Minn.) surpassed the previous Holst Invitational record, but was edged by Jason Beutz of the University of Minnesota Duluth and Minot State University’s Kirk Capdeville to finish third despite posting his best mark of the outdoor season.

Jakob Bissell (Fr., Plymouth, N.H.) paced a group of BSU student-athletes competing in the javelin by posting a 152-07 to garner third place.  Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) also finished among the top five in the event taking fifth place with a throw of 144-06.  In addition, the sophomore multi-event standout cleared 13-03.50 to wrap up sixth place in the pole vault.

The Beavers are back in action twice next week as they travel to Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday (April 19) to compete in the Cobber Twilight before a trip to Duluth, Minn. Saturday (April 22) for the North Country Invitational.