Juell brings home NSIC Decathlon crown
Monday, May 2, 2011
Juell brings home NSIC Decathlon crown

Aberdeen, S.D. -- (Swisher Field) Bemidji State University sophomore Tandy Juell (Redwood Falls, Minn.) added to the recent BSU domination in the decathlon, winning his first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference decathlon title and the fifth straight for Beaver men. He racked up 10 points in the team standings with two event victories Monday at the NSIC Multi Championships at Swisher Field on the campus of Northern State University.

Juell entered the day trailing Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Laquone Robinson by just 99 points. When it was all said and done, Juell was atop the standings with a career-best 6,531 total points. It also provisionally qualifies the sophomore for the 2011 NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field Championships and currently ranks him sixth in the nation in the event.

Starting the day off slow, Juell placed ninth in the 100-meter hurdles despite clocking a-season-best 17.08 seconds before finishing second in the discus with a mark of 115 feet 2 inches. The multi-event standout then set the bar out of reach with a pair of victories and personal best efforts in the pole vault (14-11) and the javelin throw (182-0), before finishing fifth in the 1500-meter run (5:06.69) to win the decathlon.

Juell held off Luke Buchholz of MSU Moorhead by 185 points, beating him down the stretch in the final three events for the 10 team points and the victory.

Senior Brian Bauleke (LeCenter, Minn.) gained two spots in the standings to finish 10th overall with a career-high 5,360 points. Bauleke set career marks on the day in the 100-meter hurdles (17.27 seconds), discus (101-0) and the 1,500 (4:33.40).

On the women’s side, sophomore Taylor Sautbine (Tamarack, Minn.) took third place overall in the heptathlon and picked up six points in the team standings. Sautbine entered the day in second place, 51 points behind Northern State University’s Tanya Vassar with just three events to go. The sophomore turned in the sixth best mark in the long jump and javelin throw (83-5), before breaking the tape in 2 minutes 45.33 seconds to finish fourth in the 800.

Pearl Walker (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) placed ninth in the heptathlon with a career-best 3,468 points. The senior took 11th-place in the long jump and finished 13th in the javelin throw with a distance of 68-8 to start day two. In the final event, Walker crossed the line in 2 minutes 39.16 seconds to finish third in the 800.  

The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will travel to Moorhead, Minn. on May 7th to compete in the Ron Masanz Open.