NSIC Track and Field Championships open to unseasonable conditions
Friday, May 7, 2010
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The 2010 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway Friday to wet, windy and cold weather conditions at Ron Masanz Track in Moorhead, Minn.  

Despite the March-like weather fit more for the indoor season, the league crowned six male and female champions and set up Saturday’s championship with several preliminary races. The Bemidji State University men’s team completed the first day of competition in third place with 30 points, while its women’s team sits 11th with five points.

Minnesota State University, Mankato amassed 49.5 points to lead the men’s competition after day one.  The Mavericks’ Dan Novak and Matt Masloski finished one-two in the pole vault, while James Krasja added another ten points for MSU finishing first in the men’s 10000M run.  Minnesota State Univeristy-Moorhead is in second place with 43.5 points followed by the Beavers.   
On the women’s side of the competition, University of Mary piled up 54 points despite a single individual championship, while Winona State University holds down second place with 40.5 points followed by Augustana College (39) and Minnesota State (32.5).   

Bemidji State was led on day one by a pair of All-NSIC competitors.  Raphael Gelo (Fr., Kabetogama, Minn.) took third in the pole vault clearing a personal-best and 15-11.75.  His height not only cleared his own top mark by more than 10 inches, it also stands as the top vault of BSU’s outdoor season and came within two inches of a 15-year-old school record.

Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.), who entered the championships already owning a league tile in the decathlon won April 26th, also captured All-NSIC accolades.  He placed third in the javelin throw stretching the tape to 167-10.  In addition, he joined Gelo on the pole vault podium garnering sixth place with a height of 15-05.75.

Junior thrower Logan Robinson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) also scored team points for the Beavers. He posted a 2010-best 144-06 in the hammer throw to finish in eighth place overall.  

Chelsea Preble (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) accounted for all of the BSU women’s team scoring Friday.  She collected a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 113-07.

Although she has yet to run a final, junior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) also made some waves on day one.  She qualified for the 200-meter and 400-meter dash finals, qualifying second in the 200 clocking a school-record time of 25.03.  

The Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams and the rest of the NSIC Championship field will be back in action tomorrow.  With 14 event finals remaining on both the men’s and women’s side of the championship, the full day of competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Ron Masanz Track.