BSU claims nine event titles at Super 8
Monday, January 18, 2010
BSU claims nine event titles at Super 8
Michelle Ohman (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.) takes a handoff from Kirsten Maras (So., Ramsay, Minn.) in the 4x400-meter relay Saturday in the Super 8 Invitational. The duo helped propel the BSU quartet to
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- (Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center) The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams captured nine event titles Saturday at BSU’s Super 8 Invitational.  Junior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) lead the way for the contingent gaining victories in the 200- and 400-meter events provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II indoor championships in both races.

Buerkle’s time of 25.92 in the 200-meters stands as her best of the young 2010 indoor season, is the second fastest time posted in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this year and ranks her 13th in the nation.  Her 57.61 in the 400, also a season-best, is the league’s top time and seats her fifth among the NCAA Division II fastest 400-meter competitors.  In addition, she also anchored the Beavers’ 4x400-meter team that placed second at the meet.

Also standing out for BSU was Missy Graber (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.).  The senior posted her best distance off the season to capture top women’s weight throw honors, stretching the tape to 46-04.00.

The BSU men, who totaled six event crowns placed well in all facets of the meet.  Tiger Ellison (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) and Mark Buerkle (Fr., Stacy, Minn.) took home sprint titles in the 55-meter (6.58) and 400-meter races (57.61) respectively.  Billy Sackett (So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) won the 5,000-meter run (17:31.06) to represent the Beavers’ distance runners and on the field, Nate Bahr (Sr., Clearbrook, Minn.) finished first in the triple jump (42-11.00) and Kyle Christianson (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn.) took top honors in the weight throw with a season-best toss of 50-10.25 to place sixth in the NSIC. But the team was led by Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) who out distanced the shot put field with a 2010-best throw of 47-11.00 and took second in the weight throw (49-00.75).

The Beavers are back in action this weekend as they prepare to compete in the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Blizzard Open.  Events are set to get underway at the UWS Health and Wellness Center at noon Saturday.