BSU track and field standouts set for NCAA Division II Championships
Thursday, March 10, 2011
BSU track and field standouts set for NCAA Division II Championships
Albuquerque, N.M. -- The Bemidji State University track and field standouts Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) and Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) begin their quests for national titles Friday as 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships competition gets underway at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Buerkle, an All-America performer in the 400-meter dash, will again complete in both the 200- and 400-meters this year, while Gelo makes his championship debut in the pole vault.

Buerkle beings preliminary competition in both events Friday.  The initial 400-meter dash race is set for a 4:50 p.m. with the 200-meter race to follow at 6:50 p.m.  If the senior posts one of the eight fastest times in either event, she will move on to the finals, which are scheduled to take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively.

Buerkle enters the championships ranked second in the 400-meters (54.92) and clocked the 11th fastest time in the 200-meter dash this indoor season (24.64).

Gelo will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to open championship competition.  The men’s pole vault begins at 3:00 p.m.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pole vault champion enters the meet ranked ninth in the field of 13 after clearing a personal-best 16-00.75 in the conference championships two weeks ago.

The 2011 championships will be streamed live on both days of competition.  Fans also have the option to track the progress of their favorite student-athletes on the championship’s live results page at

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., competes at the NCAA Division I and II levels and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).