Buerkle and Preble garner All-America honors
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Buerkle and Preble garner All-America honors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Albuquerque Convention Center) -- The 2010 Bemidji State University indoor track and field season comes to an end with at least one of its student-athletes garnering All-America status for the fourth straight season.  This today both Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) placed second in their respective events in the final day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.  

Preble, who began the day in third place in the heptathlon after four events, performed well enough to enter the final event with the national title within range, but was out legged in the 1,000-meter run and finished in second--83 points behind Darius Walker of Central Missouri who finished first with a total score of 5,377.

First on the day two docket for the senior was the 60-meter hurdles.  Preble clocked a 8.66 to finish second in his heat and eighth overall but failed to gain any ground on the top competitors, leaving two events for him to make his move.

Looking to the pole vault as a difference maker from the beginning, Preble cleared 15-9 in the sixth event, posting the second-best height and moving to within a point of the top spot with just one event to go.

The final event of the competition was the 1,000-meter dash.  Preble ran a 2:58.16 to cross the finish line seventh, just over nine seconds behind Walker.  His finish netted him 682 points, 93 points less than Walker, which would allow the athlete from Central Missouri to leapfrog the Beaver and claim the individual championship by a mere 83 points.

Despite coming up short in the competition, Preble’s total score of 5,294 stands as his best performance in the heptathlon and breaks his own school record of 5,245 set at the NSIC Multis Feb. 13-14.

Buerkle capped the Beavers’ 2010 championships appearance off with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash.  The junior posted the fastest time of the preliminary round, a BSU record of  54.76, Friday to enter the finals as the No. 1 contender.  Buerkle clocked a time of 55.00 today to finish second to Steph Tinney of Ashland, who won the individual championship with a time of 54.73.

Buerkle, Preble and the rest of the BSU men’s and women’s track and field teams now turn their focus to the outdoor season which is set to begin April 3 in St. Paul, Minn. at the Hamline Invitational.