Buerkle advances to NCAA 400-meter final, falls short in 200
Friday, March 11, 2011
Buerkle advances to NCAA 400-meter final, falls short in 200
Albuquerque, N.M. (ABQ Convention Center) -- Bemidji State University sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) qualified for the finals in the 400-meter dash on Saturday, while failing to make the finals in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Buerkle finished with the sixth-fastest time overall, sprinting across the finish line with a 55.78 in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash to advance to Saturday’s final scheduled for 4:20 p.m.

Nine athletes advanced to the final, with Buerkle set to run in the first of two heats. Buerkle entered the championships with the second fastest qualifying time (54.92), a time she ran en route to winning her second consecutive NSIC title.

The senior was unsuccessful in her bid to qualify for the 200-meter dash finals, finishing 13th overall in the prelims. Buerkle sprinted home with a mark of 25.19, finishing 0.58 behind the final qualifying mark.

Sophomore Raphael Gelo (Kabetogama, Minn.) will see his first action at the championships on Saturday, when he competes in the pole vault scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. Gelo comes in as the NSIC Champion in the event with the ninth-best vault overall.

The 2011 championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com 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 http://www.flashresults.com/2011_Meets/indoor/03-11-NCAA2/.

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).