Buerkle earns All-America honors; Gelo places 11th
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Buerkle earns All-America honors; Gelo places 11th
Albuquerque, N.M. (ABQ Convention Center) – On the final day of competition at the 2011 NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships, Bemidji State University senior Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M to claim All-America status.

Looking to close the indoor season with a bang, Buerkle toed the line for one final time. After qualifying for the 400-meter dash final with the sixth-fastest preliminary time, she dashed across the finish line in 55.36 - turning in the fifth-fastest time overall and garnering All-America honors for finishing in the top eight. The senior shaved 0.42 off her prelim time, while she was unable to match her season-best effort (54.92).

Buerkle earned her fifth career All-America accolade in the 400-meter dash with the fifth-place finish, having collected the award for the third time at the indoor championships.

Buerkle automatically qualified for the championships with the second fastest time of the year, which she turned in at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Indoor Track and Field Championships en route to winning the 400-meter conference title.

On the men’s side, Raphael Gelo (So., Kabetogama, Minn.) cleared 15-11 in his final attempt at the mark to earn an 11th-place finish in his first appearance at the NCAA DII Indoor Championships. Gelo was unsuccessful in his next three attempts to vault 16-02.25.

Gelo entered the weekend coming off a career-best height of 16-00.75 at the NSIC championships two weeks ago, which earned him the conference pole vault title.

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).