Preble breaks NSIC record en route to fourth straight heptathlon crown
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Preble breaks NSIC record en route to fourth straight heptathlon crown
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- (Barnett Center) Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) captured his fourth consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) heptathlon title Monday with a school and conference record 5,245 points.  The senior now ranks as the top multi event athlete in the country automatically qualifying for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships while competing at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen, S.D.  

With four events in the books, Preble held a slim, seven-point lead over Concordia University-St. Paul’s John Pimental (2,893) finishing the first day of competition with 2,902 points.  But on day two the senior left no doubt finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault before legging out a third place finish in the 1,000-meter run to set the new NSIC heptathlon standard.

Preble began day 2 by clocking the fastest 60-meter hurdle time at BSU in 2010, crossing the finish line with a share of first place in 8.87.  But he really began to separate himself from the rest of the field in the sixth event, the pole vault.  He came just two inches from equalling an 11-year-old school record (16-1), turning in a provisionally-qualifying height of 15-11 to score 856 points and enter the last event toting a 380-point lead over the rest of the field.  In the final event of the day, the 1,000-meters, the Coleraine, Minn. native finished seven seconds off the lead with a 2:56.12 to cruise to the championship leading Pimental and the rest of the field by more than 400 points.

Freshman Tandy Juell (Redwood Falls, Minn.) also had a fine showing in his first NSIC Multi Event Championships.  The newcomer placed fifth overall with 4,497, counting second-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and 1,000-meter run as his highest-scoring events.  His 60-meter  time of 7.23 stands as the fastest by any BSU sprinter in 2010.

BSU’s Brian Baulke (Jr., LeCenter, Minn.) also competed in the championships placing 16th with a total score of 3,707.

With Preble’s 10-point first-place finish and Juell picking up four team points for his fifth place finish, the BSU men’s track and field team heads into the upcoming NSIC Championships with 14 points and a six-point lead over Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato in the team competition.

The NSIC women’s multi event title was also up for grabs in Aberdeen, S.D., as the women competed for the five-event pentathlon crown. St. Cloud State University’s Heather Miller took home top honors breaking her own NSIC record with an NCAA automatic-qualifying score of 3,910.

Bemidji State junior Pearl Walker (Bemidji, Minn.) finished 10th, just 174 points out of eighth, with 2,771.  In addition to scoring well in the 60-meter hurdles (10.29) and placing fifth in the 800-meter run (2:33.86), she posted the BSU women’s top long jump of the season, stretching the tape to 15-5.50.

Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action Thursday when they host the Bemidji Twilight. The meet, set for 4 p.m. at the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center, will serve as the Beavers’ final tune up before competing at the 2010 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 26-27 at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn.