Preble defends NSIC heptathlon title with record-breaking score
Monday, February 18, 2008
ABERDEEN, S.D. -When the Bemidji State University track and field teams return home to host the 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 29 and Mar. 1, they will do so with 10 points. Sophomore Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.) successfully defended his 2007 NSIC heptathlon title winning the 2008 event with an NSIC-record score of 4,832 Monday at Northern State University's Barnett Center in Aberdeen, S.D.

Preble took fist place in four of the seven events garnering the top spot by nearly 500 points over Wayne State College's Jon Dickey (4,337). He finished the 55-meter dash in a time of 6.84 to cross the line first, took first in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, three-inches, threw 47-04.75 in the shot put to claim the top spot in that event and clocked a 8.21 in the 55-meter high hurdles to capture first place. He also tied for second in the high jump clearing 6-00.75, finished fifth in the pole vault with a height of 11-10 and was sixth among 11 participants in the 1,000-meter run.

Preble's 2008 NSIC-record score betters the mark he set just a year ago (4,780).

Rhegy Gehlo (Fr./So., Pecora, Minn.) and Colin MacGregor (Fr., Walker, Minn.) also competed in the heptathlon finishing seventh and ninth (3,226) respectively. Gehlo's final score of 3,721 was just 223 out of point contention with his best result coming in the pole vault where he took fourth with a cleared height of 12-06.

Two BSU women were also in action in Aberdeen, S.D. over the weekend as Rebecca Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Pearl Walker (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) took part in the 2008 NSIC Pentathlon championship. Hougen rode a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles to eighth place overall (2,897) while Walker placed 13th (2,261).

Bemidji State is in the stretch run of its 2008 indoor schedule. Next the team will serve as hosts for the Bemidji State Twilight at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 as a final tune-up for the league championships (Feb. 29-Mar. 1). The event is set for a 4 p.m. start at the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.