Buerkle and Preble garner Beaver Pride’s weekly honors
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Buerkle and Preble garner Beaver Pride’s weekly honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Mar. 8-14.

Buerkle garnered All-America honors taking second place with a 55.00 in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The junior posted three of the four fastest times in the country during the indoor season, including a school-record 54.76 in the preliminary round at the championships Mar. 12--shaving more than .33 from her own school record (55.09).  

The NSIC Champion, league female indoor track athlete of the year, BSU and NSIC record-holder is now a three-time All-America performer.

Preble also gained All-America status posting a second-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships.  The Coleraine native, went in to the 1,000-meter run, the final event, tailing the leader by a single point.  Despite breaking his own school-record with a personal best 5,294 points, he was edged out of first place by 83 points.

The NSIC Champion, league male indoor field athlete of the year and conference heptathlon record-holder (5,245), posted his second All-America performance at the championships and was also named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2010 Central Regional Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in a vote of the nation’s track and field coaches.

The award marks the fifth time that Beaver Pride has honored Buerkle as its athlete of the week during the 2009-10 campaign, while it stands as the third honor for Preble.  The two have combined for all eight of the BSU track and field teams’ weekly honors this season.
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.