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Bemidji State track and field: Buerkle sets meet record

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Bemidji State All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle again solidified her place among the nation's top NCAA Division II sprinters Friday in Simpson College's Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa.

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The junior took top honors in the 400-meter dash in an event stacked with some of the nation's top Division II sprinters and some Division I sprinters.

Not only did she edge the competition, she clocked a meet-record time of 55.22 to break the old record of 56.08.

It stands as the ninth fastest 400 time this season in Division II.

The Bemidji State University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams took advantage of a beautiful spring day in Moorhead Tuesday and posted several season-best marks in a pair of third place team finishes at the Cobber Twilight.

The BSU men showed balance winning a running event and a field event to go with 12 top-four finishes on the day. Junior Abe Hartsell set the Beavers' pace on the track with a season-best 10:20.77 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to capture first place. Dominique Trom took second and Brian Quigley were third in the event.

Billy Sackett followed with a second place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time 16:21.73, before the Beavers 4x100-meter relay team of Tandy Juell, Raphael Gelo, Keith Smith and Korey Smith posted a season-best 43.06 took second.

In one of the finest performances of the day, Eric Schauer finished third at the 800-meter distance clocking a personal-best 1:58.86.

In the field events, the Beavers were paced by Brock Beidleman who recorded a season-best javelin throw of 161-9 to capture first place. Brian Leonhardt took second in the shot put with a toss of 47-6 1/2, while Zac Preble was just 16 inches behind (46-2) in fourth place.

Leonhardt's season-best mark of 151-6 in the discus rounded out BSU's strong showing the throwing events. Preble and Gelo completed the BSU men's competition finishing second and fourth in the pole vault. Preble's season-best 15-9 in the event, was not only good for second place, it also ranks as the third-best vault in the NSIC this spring and fell just three inches short of the school record. Gelo was close behind in fourth with an outdoor season-best 15-1.

In women's competition, Buerkle registered a time of 55.11 in the 400-meter dash to capture first place.

Freshman hurdler Taylor Sautbine placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.26. Gena Ironi added a second place finish in the 800-meter run logging her best time of the 2010 outdoor season.

In the throwing events, Missy Graber recorded her best distance of the season in the hammer throw and stretched the tape to 141-10 to capture second place. Chelsea Preble added a second place finish in the javelin with a throw of 120-5.

The entire program is schedule to compete at the Al Cassell Relays in Jamestown N.D. Saturday, while multi event athletes will be off to Aberdeen S.D. Sunday and Monday to kick of the 2010 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the heptathlon and decathlon championships.

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