Bemidji State men and women finish tenth in NSIC Championships
Saturday, February 28, 2009
BEMIDJI , Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams have completed the final day of competition at the 2009 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship’s. Both the men and women’s teams finished in tenth-place in the final team standings. The Beavers were led by Kristi Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn.) who once again broke two Bemidji State University indoor track and field records during the indoor championship meet. Freshman thrower Brian Leonhardt (Fr., Blaine, Minn.) achieved his personal-best performance of the 2009 indoor season in the shot put.

Buerkle sprinted to a second place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.03, shaving time off of her previous record (57.26). In the process, Buerkle improved on her previous provisional qualifying time for the National Championships, moving into the eleventh spot. Later in the afternoon Buerkle went back to work, breaking records. In her next event, the 200-meter dash, Buerkle crossed the line in third place with a time of 25.63. Buerkle, once again broke a school record (25.71) that she set earlier this indoor season.

In other competition, Bemidji State distance runner Dominique Trom (So., Byron, Minn.) placed eighth in the mile run with a finishing time of 4:59.01. Tyler Lange (So., Nicollet, Minn.) competed in the 600-meter run in Saturday’s conference meet, his time of 1:28.19 was good enough for an eigth place finish as well.

BSU freshman thrower Leonhardt placed fourth in the shot put in the conference meet with a personal best throw of 51-10.00. His toss surpassed his previous personal best throw by four feet. With his fourth place finish, Leonhardt was able to garner five points to add to Bemidji State’s total team score.

Bemidji State’s men’s and women’s teams finished in tenth-place in the final team standings for the NSIC Championship meet. The women’s team trailed ninth-place finisher Winona State University by 28 points, finishing with 15 points. Minnesota State University captured the team NSIC title finishing the meet with 150 points. BSU’s men’s team earned 25 points in the final team standings, 34 points shy of ninth-place finisher MSU-Moorhead. The Minnesota State University men’s team also finished in first place, gaining 144.50 points in the total team standings.

The NCAA D-II Championships will be held March 14-15 in Houston, Tex.