Bemidji State sprinter falls short of 200-meter finals
Friday, May 28, 2010
Bemidji State sprinter falls short of 200-meter finals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Irwin Belk Track Complex) -- Just a day after qualifying for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field 400-meter dash finals, Bemidji State University junior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) fell short of making the 200-meter finals after a lengthy weather-related delay at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

Buerkle clocked a time of 24.83 crossing the finish line sixth in her heat.  She finished 19th in a 25-athlete field that qualified the eight fastest times.

The Stacy, Minn. native posted the third sub-25 second 200-meter race in BSU women’s track and field history, which includes her own school record 24.65 set just a few weeks ago.  

Buerkle, who also automatically qualified for the championships in the 400-meter dash, opened the championships ranked fifth in all of NCAA Division II.  Thursday she finished the preliminary round of the 400-meter dash in third.  The junior clocked a school-record time of 54.31 to cross the finish line third and secure a spot in Saturday’s 5:45 p.m. final.  

Buerkle entered the 2010 national championship meet as a three-time All-America performer in the 400-meter dash.  In addition to her second-place finish and All-America status earned at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, she also garnered All-America honors at the 2009 outdoor championships and took seventh and earned her first All-America accolade at the 2009 NCAA indoor meet.

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