Former Beaver leads men; Walker finishes second in Super 8 multi
Friday, January 14, 2011
Former Beaver leads men; Walker finishes second in Super 8 multi
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- (Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center) Former Bemidji State University multi-event standout Zac Preble holds a 185-point lead after four events in the heptathlon, while current Beaver Pearl Walker (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) finished second in the pentathlon as BSU men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened the 2011 Super 8 Open Multi Friday at the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.

Preble, an collegiate All-American, collected 2,618 points on Day 1 of the competition using field events to propel himself into the lead. Preble won the shot put with a toss of 49-06.25, out distancing the rest of the field by more than 16 feet, to pick up 289 points on the rest of the field.  The unattached athlete also finished second the high jump (5-08.75), third in the long jump (19-01.25) and fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57.

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Matt Molde completed Day 1 in second place with 2,433 points on the strength of a first-place finish in the long jump (20-00.25).

Bemidji State’s top finisher in the heptathlon was Brian Baulke (LeCenter, Minn.).  The senior won the high jump clearing a height of 6-00.50.  He enters Day 2 and the final three events 539 out of first with 2,179.

On the won’s side of the multi-event meet, Walker, a BSU senior, took second in the pentathlon.  With 2,347 in the five-event competition, she trailed the College of St. Scholastica’s Katie Brownson (2,448) by just 101 points for the title.  Walker won the 60-meter dash (10.59), the shot put (29.04.50) and edged Brownson by almost seven seconds clocking a time of 2:42.52, but still fell short of the crown.

The men will set out to complete the heptathlon beginning at 10 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and will complete the seven-event competition with the 1,000-meter run.

The complete men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in action tomorrow as they compete in the Super 8 Open.  The event is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Other teams  expected to compete in the open are: Minnesota Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior and St. Scholastica.