Buerkle broke BSU's outdoor 200-meter dash record Saturday en route to a second-place finish at the Ron Masanz Invitational in Moorhead, Minn. The 25.27-second race the newcomer clocked in the event bettered the previous school-best of 25.36 set by Amber Bohman in the spring of 1999.
Buerkle helped the BSU women's team to a fifth place finish at the meet also breaking the tape in the 400-meter dash in a time of 57.17 to finish first. In all she accounted for the bulk of team's 57 points.
Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) also made a splash at the invitational, as she made her first appearance of the outdoor season. She not only provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the shot put with a toss of 46-02.00, the defending national champion also posted the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's (NSIC) second-longest throw of the season and slid into 10th place in the 2008 in Division II standings.
The Beavers recorded three additional season-bests in Moorhead Saturday. M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.) stretched the tape to 17-08.75 to finish third in the long jump, while Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.) took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.88 and Brittney Becker (Fr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) turned in her best performance of 2008 in the 3,000-meter steeple chase (13:55.13).
The men's side of the invitational, BSU's Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) placed in three events to lead the way of the Beavers. He took first place in the shot put with a meet-record distance of 59-08.25, finished third in the in the discus throw with a mark of 149-08 and captured fifth place in the hammer throw with a toss of 161-09.
The BSU men finished eighth at the 12-team event.
The Bemidji State track and field teams will be back in action May 9-10 when they travel to Wayne, Neb. to compete in the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The BSU men head into the meet holding onto first place with 12 points after the pair of Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) and Rhegy Gelo (So., Pecora, Minn.) placed first and fifth respectively at the conference decathlon April 27-28.