Beavers open indoor campaign with 12 event victories
Saturday, December 5, 2009

DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their 2009-10 indoor season Saturday, winning 11 events at the CSS Mini-Meet, hosted by the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

BSU’s junior standout sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) captured two event wins to lead the Bemidji State women’s contingent, while Brian Leonhardt (So., Blaine, Minn.) posted two throwing wins to pace the Beaver men.

Buerkle won the 200-meter dash and set the school record in the 300-meter dash. Her time of 40.25 in the seldom run 300-meters broke her own school record, 41.07, set a year ago.

In addition to Buerkle, Genna Ironi (Jr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) won the women’s 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:17.57 and the Beavers’ 4x400-meter relay team posted a 4:13.56 to edge out the competition.

Leonhardt, who also recently completed his freshman football campaign as the Beavers’ starting tight end, doubled in the throwing events in Duluth, Minn. He took the shot put title with a throw of 47-03.00 and stretched the tape to 48-07.25 in the weight throw to take first in that event.

Additional event winners for the BSU men included: Tyler Lange (Jr., Nicollet, Minn.), who took the 600-meter run in a time of 1:26.34; Pat Diedrich (So., Avon, Minn.), who ran a 2:45.65 in the 1,000-meters, Mark Buerkle (Fr., Stacy, Minn.), who finished first in the 300-meter dash clocking a time of 36:93, Beau Wakefield (Fr., Butternut, Wis.), who posted the fastest time in the 200-meters, the Beavers’ 4x400-meter relay team that took meet honors with a 3:31.75 and senior All-America multi-event athlete Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.), who surpassed 14.11.00 in the pole vault to take top honors.

The Beavers return to action January 9, 2010 when they host their own Alumni Meet. The event is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Gillett-Recration and Fitness Center.