Bemidji State earns USTFCCCA Central Region Accolades
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Bemidji State earns USTFCCCA Central Region Accolades
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams collected All-Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Senior Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) was recognized for her efforts in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, while Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) earned recognition in the pole vault and Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) in the heptathlon.

Buerkle won her second straight NSIC 400-meter dash crown, posting a time of 55.22 at the 2011 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 26. The senior followed that up by broking her own school record en route to a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash finals (24.94).

The Stacy, Minn. native turned in her fastest times of the year in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the NSIC Championships. Buerkle automatically qualified for the Division II Championships in 400-meter dash, ranking second in the country and qualified in the 200-meter dash posting the 12th fastest time in the nation.

Gelo captured the first BSU men’s indoor NSIC pole vault title since 1999 by clearing a personal-best 16-00.75. The sophomore’s mark ranks tied for seventh in the nation and qualified him for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Juell claimed third-place in the heptathlon, collecting a total of 4,774 points at the 2011 NSIC Multi Championships Feb. 14th. Juell’s 4,774 points in the heptathlon ranks him 19th nationally this season.

The 2011 season marks the first time the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named All-Region honorees for indoor track and field in Division II. The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region’s top three have earned the All-Region distinction for the 2011 indoor season.

A total of 1,039 athletes received 1,482 all-region nods in the inaugural class.

Buerkle (200- and 400-meter dash) and Gelo (pole vault) will represent Bemidji State at the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, hosted by Adams State University at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 11-12.