Preble wins fourth consecutive NSIC decathlon championship
Monday, April 26, 2010
Preble wins fourth consecutive NSIC decathlon championship
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) has done it again.  

The senior multi-event standout perfected his streak of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) multi-event championships today by winning his fourth consecutive NSIC decathlon title with an NSIC-record score of 6,957 to at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.

The addition of his four decathlon crowns outdoors to his four straight indoor heptathlon victories exhibits his dominance of the multi-discipline events.  He has now gone a perfect eight-of-eight in NSIC multi-event competition.

A 2009 All-America performer in the decathlon, Preble owned a 23-point lead over the rest of the field after the first five bouts of the championship, accumulating 3,585 points Sunday.  Despite less-that-perfect weather conditions and a delayed start on day two, the senior powered through to extend his lead over the field before winning this year’s title and breaking his own NSIC record of 6,627 set in 2006.

Preble opened the day clocking a time of 15.90 in the 110-meter hurdles to place third among his peers.  The senior then assembled a string of three consecutive event wins to put the title out of reach.  He stretched the tape to 140-00 in the discus to out distance the field by nearly 16 feet in the seventh event.  He followed that with a 14-11.00 in the pole vault, before posting a 177-11 in the javelin throw in the ninth discipline to set up the championship win.

Preble toed the line for the final event of the day, the 1,500-meter run, with an insurmountable 885-point lead over his nearest competitor.  He ran a  5:13.92 to finish seventh and preserve a 806-point lead to garner the title.

After Preble however, just 100 points separated second place from fifth.  Concordia University-St. Paul’s John Pimental finished second with 6,151, while Bemidji State freshman Tandy Juell (Redwood Falls, Minn.) capped his first NSIC decathlon with 6,051 points to take fifth place overall.  

Just 906 off the pace set by teammate Preble, Juell came to within 249 points of provisionally qualifying for and joining Preble at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.  Juell’s top performances on day two included a second-place finish in the discus (124-11) and a 4:52.17 in the 1,500-meter run to finish third in the event.

Brian Baulke (Jr., LeCenter, Minn.) also competed in the decathlon finishing out of team point contention in 11th place with 4,865.  He capped the championships with a win in the 1,500-meter run.  His time of 4:42.54 put him across the finish line nearly six seconds in front of the rest of the pack.

The NSIC heptathlon also came to a close Monday.  BSU’s Pearl Walker (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) scored 3,291 to place 13th.  St. Cloud State University’s All-America multi-event athlete Heather Miller won the 2010 heptathlon crown with a new NSIC record score of 5,063.

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action May 1 when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to participate in the Ron Masanz Open.