Buerkle and Preble named to ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team
Friday, June 4, 2010
Buerkle and Preble named to ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The accolades continue to roll in for Bemidji State University track and field standouts Kristi Buerkle (Jr., Stacy, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.).  Just a week after a pair of All-America performances at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., today the student-athletes were recognized for excellence in the classroom.   Buerkle and Preble have both been selected to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District V Track and Field Teams with Preble garnering first team honors and Buerkle being picked second team.

Buerkle, who carries a 3.81 GPA in elementary education, is coming off a tremendous 2009-10 campaign.  The BSU 2009-10 Female Student-Athlete of the Year gained All-America accolades for runner-up finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to conclude both the indoor and outdoor seasons. During the indoor season she established BSU records at the 60-, 200- (25.25), 300- (40.25), 400- (54.76), and 800-meter (2:19.11) distances while capturing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championship in the 400-meter dash with a new conference standard (55.09) and garnered All-NSIC laurels in the 200- and 400-meter races. The Stacy, Minn. native recorded three of the four fastest 400-meter dash times in the nation during the 2010 indoor season.  For her efforts she was named 2010 NSIC Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year. The 2010 NSIC Preseason Outdoor Female Track Athlete the Year was again crowned conference champion at the 400-meter distance clocking a new NSIC record time (54.99) en route to outdoor all-conference honors.  In addition to qualifying and participating in the 400-meter dash at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, she also received an invitation for the 200 and earned 19th place.  Her trend of obliterating the BSU sprint record book continued right through the end of the outdoor season. This spring, Buerkle established school records in the 200- (24.65) and 400-meters (53.85), lowering each mark periodically throughout the season before setting new records at the outdoor championships.

In the classroom, Buerkle is a regular on the BSU Athletics’ 3.0 Club and is NSIC All-Academic Team Member for cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. She has been a member of the 2009 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Team and earned a spot as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual in track and field, while being named to the BSU Dean’s List.  

Preble also has a pair of second place finishes to his credit from the 2010 track and field season. BSU’s 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year garnered All-America accolades in the heptathlon indoors and decathlon outdoors. The senior from Coleraine, Minn. was selected 2010 Central Region Field Indoor Athlete of the Year and 2010 NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after a stellar indoor season.  The team captain captured an unprecedented fourth consecutive NSIC heptathlon championship with a school and conference record 5,245 points. In addition, he also cleared a personal-best 16-00.00 in the pole vault to finish fourth and rank among the nation’s top 20 vaulters in the country, while placing eighth in the shot put with a toss of 48-04.50 at the NSIC Championships. An automatic qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships, he added to his BSU heptathlon record earning 5,294 en route to finishing second and posting two of the top three scores in the country during the indoor season. Named the Preseason NSIC’s Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, Preble backed up the honor by capturing his fourth consecutive NSIC decathlon title scoring an NSIC-record 6,957 points. Preble automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships early in the season and again broke his own school record in the 10-discipline event netting 7,193 en route to runner-up laurels.

Preble capped his collegiate career as an eight-time NSIC champion, three-time NCAA Division II multi-event All-America performer and five-time national championship qualifier in addition to owning BSU and NSIC records in both the heptathlon and decathlon.

Academically, Preble, who owns a 3.54 GPA in industrial technology, is a regular member of the BSU Dean’s List and BSU Athletic Department’s 3.0 Club.  He is a six-time Academic All-NSIC selection and has been picked to represent Bemidji State on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

As a ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team selection, he will now be included on the 2010 Academic All-America ballot.

Buerkle and Preble become the fifth and sixth BSU student-athletes to earn academic all-district honors during the 2009-10 academic year. They join Brianna Duff (Jr., D, Ramsey, Minn.), who earned Third Team All-District V accolades at the conclusion of the 2009 soccer campaign, setter Courtney Bitter (So., S, Bemidji, Minn.), who garnered second team laurels at the conclusion of the most recent volleyball season, men’s ice hockey defenseman Kyle Hardwick (Sr., Warroad, Minn.), who was named First Team All-District V At-Large and Josh Dale (Sr., Cross Lake, Minn.) who garnered Second Team All-District V honors this spring.

BSU has had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last eight years and boasts 13 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.

Since 2005, the Bemidji State track and field teams, under the direction of head coach Craig Hougen, have produced 18 All-American performers, three individual national champions and two Academic All-America selections.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,200-member CoSIDA organization. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports Information Directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the All-District teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot. The program honors over 800 student-athletes around the nation each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 17,000 have been named to Academic All-America Teams