Bemidji State track: Preble claims fourth straight NSIC decathlon championship
Zac Preble has done it again.
The Bemidji State senior multi-event standout perfected his streak of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference multi-event championships Monday by winning his fourth consecutive NSIC decathlon title with an NSIC-record score of 6,957 points at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.
The addition of his four decathlon outdoor crowns to his four straight indoor heptathlon victories exhibits his dominance in the multi-discipline events. He is a perfect eight-of-eight in NSIC multi-event competitions.
A 2009 All-America performer in the decathlon, Preble owned a 23-point lead over the rest of the field after the first five events. Despite less that perfect weather conditions and a delayed start on day two, the senior extended his lead over the field before winning this year's title and breaking his own NSIC record of 6,627 points set in 2006.
Preble opened the day clocking a time of 15.90 in the 110-meter hurdles to place third. The senior then assembled a string of three consecutive event wins to put the title out of reach.
He stretched the tape to 140-00 in the discus to beat the field by nearly 16 feet in the seventh event. He followed that with a 14-11.00 in the pole vault, before posting a 177-11 in the javelin throw in the ninth discipline to set up the championship win.
Preble went into the final event of the day, the 1,500-meter run, with an insurmountable 885-point lead over his nearest competitor. He ran a 5:13.92 to finish seventh and preserved an 806-point lead to claim the title.
After Preble just 100 points separated second place from fifth. Bemidji State freshman Tandy Juell capped his first NSIC decathlon with 6,051 points to take fifth place overall. Brian Baulke also competed in the decathlon and took 11th place with 4,865 points.
The NSIC heptathlon also came to a close Monday. BSU's Pearl Walker scored 3,291 to place 13th.