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BSU notebook: Preble, Leonhardt shine for BSU track at Duluth meet

The Bemidji State track and field teams battled the wind outside at Minnesota-Duluth's Malosky Stadium and turned in some notable performances at the North Country Invitational.

Chelsea Preble won the javelin competition and her throw of 39.03 meters put her just three feet away from the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying list.

Kristi Buerkle set a new school record in winning the 200 meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.04 seconds. That stands as the 12th best time in the nation this outdoor season.

On the men's side, Bemidji State football player Brian Leonhardt turned in a fine day in the discus and shot put field events.

His throw of 45.23 meters in the discus placed him second and his throw of 15.53 meters won the shot put, placing him ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Zac Preble.

Preble was third in the discus with a throw of 42.73 meters.

Raphael Gelo took first place in the men's pole vault with a height of 15-00.

Logan Robinson took third in the javelin with a distance of 49.68 meters.

Both the BSU men's and women's teams finished in third place in the team event.

The Bemidji State women's golf team posted a 375 Saturday and holds down seventh place after the first round of the 36-hole 2010 Maverick Invitational at The Jewel Golf Course in Lake City

The Beavers, who are 51 strokes off the lead shared by Minnesota State University and Upper Iowa University, head into Sunday's final round led by junior Gretchen Trosen.

The Larimore, N.D. native carded a first-day total of 88 to sit 16 shots over par in 24th place individually.

The event wraps up Sunday at The Jewel.