Bemidji State takes 11 events at College of St. Scholastica Mini-Meet
Monday, December 8, 2008
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's and women's track teams officially kicked off the 2009 indoor season by competing in the College of St. Scholastic Mini-Meet in Duluth, Minn. Saturday. The "new-look" Beavers fared well claiming titles in 11 events leaning on its veterans while sprinkling in a nice mix of newcomers.

Kristi Buerkle (So., Forest Lake, Minn.) led the way for BSU having a hand in three of the Beaver women's six event victories and broke a 16-year-old school record in the process.

The sophomore sprinter claimed titles in the 55-meter dash (7.74), the seldom run 300-meter dash (41.07) and logged a leg of the BSU 4x200-meter relay team made up of Sara Dalton (So., St. Cloud, Minn.), Pearl Walker (So., Bemidji, Minn.) Kristen Maras (Fr., Ramsey, Minn.) that captured first place (1:55.84).

Buerkle's 41.07, record-setting performance in the 300-meter dash not only set a new BSU standard in the event, she shattered the previous mark of 43.67 set by Carmen Kasproviscz in 1992. Buerkle now owns BSU indoor records in the 300- and 400-meters as well as being a part of the school-record 4x400-meter relay team.

Dalton, Missy Kelsey (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Alison Hougen (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) accounted for BSU's other top finishes. Dalton placed first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.24 and finished third in the 55-meter dash (7.84), while Kelsey out distanced the rest of the weight throw field by nearly 10 feet (46-03.05) and Hougen, a track and field newcomer, clocked a 1:56.47 in the 600-meter run to take first.

The Bemidji State men were led by the quartet of Kyle Nooker (Sr., Green Bay, Wis.), Tyler Lange (So., Nicolett, Minn.), Abe Hartsel (So., Alexandria, Minn.) and Paul Wagner (Fr., Fisher, Minn.).

Nooker, who opened his senior season Saturday placing first in the 300-meter dash (37.29) while running the anchor leg of the Beavers' first-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:38.33) made up of Stefan Bischof (Sr., Fergus Falls, Minn.), Sam Bofferding (So., Marshall, Minn.) and Lange.

Hartsel ran the 1,000-meter run in a time a 2:44.44 to claim first in that event while fellow sophomore Lange posted the meet's best 600-meter time (1:26.19).

In addition to garnering the high jump title at the meet clearing a height of 6-02.00, freshman Paul Wagner placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19-05.25.

Several other BSU students competed unattached in the meet. The group was led by junior Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.) who finished first in the 55-meter hurdles (8.43), second in the pole vault (14-00.00 and third in the shot put (46-07.50) where he finished behind former Beaver All-American and national champion Joe Remitz (58-05.25) and BSU newcomer Brian Leonhardt (Fr., Blaine, Minn.), who had a throw of 49-08.50 in his first collegiate meet.

The BSU track and field teams will be back in action after the first of the year as they host their annual BSU Alumni Meet Jan. 10 at the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center.