Beavers claim four event titles at Super 8 Open
Saturday, January 17, 2009
BEMIDJI , Minn. (Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center) --  Kristi Buerkle (So., Forest Lake, Minn.) captured two women's events, while Marcus Dennis (Fr., Walker, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Jr., Coleraine, Minn.) each won their respective men's events in Bemidji State University's Super 8 Open Saturday at the Gillett Fitness/Recreation Center.

Preble not only wrapped up the heptathlon title by more than 900 points, his point total of 4,960 breaks his own school record (4,832) and provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Division II national championship meet. As of today, Preble's score stands as the third-best recorded in the 2009 indoor season.

The BSU multi-event athlete held a 413-point lead after four events and increased the gap over the rest of the field placing first in the pole vault (14-01.25) and 55-meter hurdles (8.40) and hung around in the 1,000-meter run long enough to place fifth (2:58.78) and to take the heptathlon title.

In addition to Preble, Dennis was the only other male to earn first place in his respective event. The BSU newcomer cleared six-feet, 2.75-inches in the high jump for his first collegiate victory. Teammate Paul Wagner (Fr., Fisher, Minn.) was close behind posting a height of 6-00.75 to claim second place.

On the women's side of the meet, Buerkle stole the show. She broke the tape in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash events. The sophomore pposted a season-best time of 26.17 in the 200, while clocking a 58.60 in the 400.

The BSU women's also got a strong performance from Sara Dalton (So., St. Cloud, Minn.). Just a day removed from competing in the pentathlon, Dalton place second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.97.

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams are back in action next weekend as they travel to Superior, Wis. to compete in the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Blizzard Open. The event is set for an 11 a.m. starting gun at UWS's Health and Wellness Center.