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Gelo breaks Bemidji State pole vault record

Bemidji State sophomore Raphael Gelo's school record in the pole vault headlined the Bemidji State University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams Friday at the 2011 Kip Janvrin Open at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

The Beavers had three total first-place finishes at the Open.

Gelo cleared 16 feet, 4 inches to win the pole vault and broke a Bemidji State record that stood for 16 years. He also provisionally qualified for the 2011 NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Gelo broke the previous school record of 16-1 set by Todd Williams in 1995. Gelo's record setting mark ranks him ninth in the country and first in the NSIC.

Kristi Buerkle turned in the fastest time in the NSIC this season and the fourth-best time in the nation in winning the 400 meter dash.

She won the event in 54.66 seconds and shaved more than a second (1.03) off her season-best time to provisionally qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championships.

The BSU men's 4x100 meter relay team of Mark Buerkle, Sam Bofferding, Andrew Roiger and Tandy Juell took the top spot with the teams fastest time of the season, 43.20 seconds.

In addition to anchoring the 4x100 meter relay team, Juell placed third in the javelin throw with a mark of 163 feet, 6 inches and 11th in the 100-meter dash with a 2011-best 11.27 seconds.

Buerkle finished fifth in the 400 with a 2011-best time of 54.48 seconds. Roiger turned in his best time of the year in the 400 (52.21) placing 17th.

On the women's side, sophomore Michelle Ohman turned in a personal-best in the 400 with a time of 59.69 seconds, sprinting home in fourth-place.

Freshman Ashley Larva cut 0.65 seconds off her previous best in the 100-merter hurdles, finishing in 15.64 seconds.

The women's 4x100 relay team crossed the finish line in 49.62 seconds, good enough for third-place. The team of Larva, Taylor Sautbine, Ohman, and Buerkle came within a second of the school record (49.27) in the event.