Buerkle takes two records at Ted Nelson Classic
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Buerkle takes two records at Ted Nelson Classic
Mankato, Minn. -- (Meyers Fieldhouse) Junior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) broke her own Bemidji State University 200- and 400-meter dash records Saturday as she and select few of her BSU track and field teammates participated in the Ted Nelson Classic at Meyers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn.

Buerkle, a 2009 All-America sprinter, took first prize in both events showing she will again be a formidable opponent at the conference championships, out legging several of the league’s top sprinters.  

In the 200, she clocked a time of 25.44, to erase .19 of a second from her previous school mark (25.63) and down her closest Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opponent by nearly a second.  She also finished first in the 400-meters, shaving nearly eight-tenths of a second off her previous season-best set just a week ago (57.25) at the Cobber Duals.  She separated herself from the rest of the field clocking a time of 56.42.  She finished nearly six seconds ahead of her closest competition.  

The junior seems to be hitting her stride at the right time.  With three weeks before the conference indoor championships, she has already bettered her season-best of a year ago, 57.07, a time that earned her All-America honors and seventh place at the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Also participating in the meet were a trio of multi event athletes attempting to hone their skills in preparation for the NSIC Multi Championships next weekend.

Pearl Walker (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) participated in three events, placing in two.  She tied for fourth place in the high jump clearing 4-07.00.  She also took eighth in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 10.09.  Finally, she finished fourth in her shot put flight recording a toss of 27-10.25.

On the men’s side, Bemidji State finished third and fourth in the pole vault.  Senior All-America pentathlete Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.), who entered the meet ranked second in the heptathlon, posted a season-best vault of 14-11.50 to edge teammate Raphael Gelo (Fr., Kabetogama, Minn.) for third place.  Gelo took fourth with a height of 14-05.50.

Bemidji State will travel to Aberdeen, S.D. next weekend to participate in the NSIC Multis, the first leg of the 2010 conference indoor championships.