Buerkle; Preble tabbed 2010 Preseason NSIC Outdoor Athletes of the Year
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Buerkle; Preble tabbed 2010 Preseason NSIC Outdoor Athletes of the Year
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State University All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and multi-event athlete Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) have been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) 2010 Preseason Outdoor Athletes of the Year.  Buerkle was voted Female Track Athlete, while Preble garnered Male Field Athlete of the Year laurels. The announcement came today as the league office unveiled the 2010 Preseason Outdoor Coaches’ Polls.  The Beaver men’s and women’s teams were each picked to finish 10th.

Buerkle garnered All-America honors taking second place in the 400-meter dash at the 2010 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). In addition, during the indoor season she competed in the 55-meter dash, 200-meters, 300-meters, 800-meters and was a member of several relay teams. The NSIC Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, BSU and NSIC record-holder in the 400M is now a three-time All-America performer.
Preble enters his final outdoor campaign as one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Bemidji State men’s track and field history. He holds the school and NSIC record in both the heptathlon and decathlon. Preble gained All-America status for the second time in his career to conclude the 2010 indoor seasons posting a second-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships. The three-time defending NSIC decathlon champion and league male indoor field athlete of the year 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 BSU duo joins Preseason Men’s Track Athlete of the Year Denise Mokaya of Minnesota State University, Mankato and Heather Miller of St. Cloud State University, who was named Preseason Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for preseason conference honors.

In addition, BSU was represented by Sam Bofferding  (Jr., Marshall, Minn.) and Missy Graber (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) who were each selected as “Athletes to Watch” for their respective events this season.

The league’s coaches selected Minnesota State University as the favorite to finish the season as team champions in the men’s poll, while University of Mary occupied the top spot in the women’s poll. 

The Bemidji State outdoor track season gets underway this weekend as the teams travel to St. Paul, Minn. to participate in the Hamline Invitational.  The event will take place at Hamline’s Klas Center. 

2010 NSIC Men’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     Minnesota State (9) - 81
2.     MSU Moorhead (1) - 72
3.     Augustana - 58
t-4.   U-Mary - 46
t-4.   Northern State - 46
6.     Concordia-St. Paul - 44
7.     St. Cloud State - 43
8.     Minnesota Duluth - 29
9.     Wayne State (Neb.) - 21
10.   BEMIDJI STATE - 10

2010 NSIC Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     U-Mary (4)- 93
2.     Augustana (5) - 91
3.     Minnesota State (1) - 85
4.     Winona State - 70
5.     St. Cloud State - 68
6.     Wayne State (Neb.) - 54
7.     Minnesota Duluth - 47
8.     Northern State - 34
9.     MSU Moorhead - 33
10.   BEMIDJI STATE - 17
11.   Concordia-St. Paul - 13