Preble leads field after first day of Bemidji State Multi
Friday, January 16, 2009
BEMIDJI , Minn. (Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center) Finishing among the top three in each of the first four events of the heptathlon, Bemidji State University junior Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.) owns a 413-point lead over the rest of the field entering the second day of the Bemidji State Multi Event field.

The BSU heptathlon record-holder got out of the gates quickly opening 2009 multi season placing second in the 55-meter dash (6.97). Preble also took second place in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 9.75-inches.

Trailing Minnesota State University, Mankato's Lucas Torres by 72 after two events, Preble moved into the top spot placing first in the shot put. Not only did he post the best throw of the day (50-00), he out distanced his nearest competitor by nearly 10 feet.

Preble cleared 5-11.5 in the high jump, final event of the day placing third to complete the day with a total of 2,834 points. Taking top honors in the event was BSU's Brian Bauleke (So., LeCenter, Minn.). The sophomore posted a height of 6-00.75 to pace the field.

Torres finished day one in second place with 2,421 while St. Cloud State University's Dusty McColley is just nine points behind in third place (2,412). Bemidji State's Rhegy Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) will enter the final three events in sixth place with 2,200 while Bauleke sits in eighth with 1,967 points.

Day two events include the 55-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run.

In the pentathlon, BSU teammates Pearl Walker (So., Bemidji, Minn.) and Sara Dalton (So., St., Cloud, Minn.) finished eighth and ninth respectively.

The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams return to their regular-season schedule when they host the Super 8 Open at the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center on the campus of Bemidji State University beginning Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.