Bemidji State track and field teams finish 5th in Bulldog Open
Saturday, April 18, 2009
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University track and field teams competed in the Bulldog Open at Griggs Field in Duluth, Minn. Saturday afternoon. Kristi Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn.) led the charge for the Beavers with first place finishes in three events. Junior Chelsea Preble (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) captured the top position in the javelin throw.

In her first event of the afternoon, Buerkle finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.74 seconds. The sophomore sprinter was also victorious in the 200-meter dash crossing the tape in 25.62 seconds. Buerkle recorded the hat-trick when she finished in first place once again in the 400-meter dash with a finishing time of 56.91 seconds.

Preble stole the show in the javelin throw. The junior launched the javelin 124-10 feet. Her throw surpassed her closest competition by six feet. Kim Lieder (Fr., Eagan, Minn.) finished the day with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. The freshman hurdler crossed the finish line in 16.00 seconds even to garner five points to add to the women’s team total points.

The women’s team finished competition with a total of 61 points, which was good enough for a fifth place finish in the team scoring. BSU’s men’s team also finished the day in fifth place in the team competition with 73 points.

Abe Hartsell (So., Alexandria, Minn.) captured three points for the Beavers with his sixth-place finish in the 1500-meter run, clocking a time of 4:15.45. Fellow distance runner Mike Lynch (Sr., Circle Pines, Minn.) added three points as he finished the 3000-meter run in 9:53.50.

Bemidji State jumper Marcus Dennis (Fr., Walker, Minn.) placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6-02.00. Brock Beidleman (Jr., Anoka, Minn.) also garnered points for the men’s team with a fourth place finish in the high jump (5-10.00).

Mitch Drotts (Fr., Deer River, Minn.) sprung himself over a height of 14-00.50 feet in the pole vault to finish third. Senior jumper Nate Bahr (Sr., Clearbrook, Minn.) also finished in third in the triple jump (42-06.00) which gave the Beavers six more points to add to their total.

The Beavers will return to action April 21 when travel to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Cobber Twilight.