Juell places seventh; Gains All-America honors in the decathlon
Friday, May 27, 2011
Juell places seventh; Gains All-America honors in the decathlon
TURLOCK, Calif. (Al Brenda Track Facility) -- Bemidji State University multi-event athlete Tandy Juell (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) completed his debut at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships gaining All-America accolades in the decathlon Friday, while senior sprinter Kristi Buerkle (Stacy, Minn.) participated in the 200-meter dash preliminary rounds at Al Brenda Track Facility on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock Calif.

Entering the final five events of the decathlon in seventh place, Juell took his lumps on day two, but rebounded during the final two disciplines to clime back into All-America contention and finished day in seventh place scoring 6,485 points.

Juell finished 977 points off the pace set by 2011 NCAA Division II decathlon champion Brent Vogel of Central Missouri (7,462).

Day two events in the decathlon included the 100-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.

The Redwood Falls, Minn. native opened the second day of competition with a 12th-place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.47 seconds and dipped to 10th place overall.  He rebounded nicely in the discus recording a season-best throw of 121 feet, 6 inches to grab fourth in the event.

In one of the sophomore’s specialty events, Juell placed fifth in the pole vault clearing 14 feet, 1 1/4 inches to garner 702 points and continued to gain on the field.

The sophomore stretched the tape to 167 feet, 4 inches on his third and final attempt in the javelin to climb to seventh among the 12-participant field following the ninth event.

Juell clung to seventh with a season-best effort in the final event--the 1,500-meter run.  Trimming over 11 seconds from his best race of 2011, he clocked a time of 4 minutes, 48.78 seconds to cross the finish line fifth and close out the competition as an All-America performer.

The top eight individuals in each event at the NCAA Championships earn All-America honors.

After qualifying for the 400-meter dash finals with a time of 54.97 seconds Thursday, BSU’s five-time All-America sprinter Buerkle attempted to advance to the finals of the 200-meter dash field Friday.  Participating in the first heat of six heats, the senior turned in a time of 24.91 seconds to finish six in her heat and 19th overall.  

She missed the finals by five-tenths of a second.

The third and final day of the 2011 NCAA Championships begins Saturday at 2 p.m. with the men’s javelin. Two BSU athletes will be in action on the final day of championship competition.  Sophomore Raphael Gelo (Kabetogama, Minn.) will make his outdoor championships debut beginning at 7:10 p.m. in the pole vault.  In addition, Buerkle will continue her quest for her first NCAA championship participating in the 400-meter finals scheduled for 8:45 p.m.