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Bemidji State's Buerkle named NSIC preseason indoor player of year

Senior Kristi Buerkle of Bemidji State University has been picked as the NSIC Women's Preseason Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in the annual coaches' poll.

Senior Kristi Buerkle of Bemidji State University has been picked as the NSIC Women's Preseason Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in the annual coaches' poll.

The BSU senior owns school indoor records in the 60, 200 (25.25), 300 (40.25), 400 (54.76) and 800 meter (2:19.11) distances and was All-NSIC last year in the 200 and 400. In the latter race Buerkle set a conference record with a time of 55.09.

The senior also earned All-America honors for runner-up finishes at the NCAA track and field indoor and outdoor championships last season.

Buerkle is considered an "athlete to watch" during the indoor campaign as is senior teammate Pearl Walker who competes in the hurdles.

Winona State's Rebecca Stier was named the NSIC's pre-season indoor field Athlete of the Year. The senior finished fourth in the NCAA national meet last year in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put.

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In men's indoor track and field Raphael Gelo and Sam Bofferding of Bemidji State were listed as "athletes to watch" this year. Bofferding is a senior sprinter while Gelo is a sophomore who plans to compete in a variety of events.

Minnesota State-Mankato is favored to win the NSIC indoor meet according to a poll of the coaches. The Mavericks also have the pre-season men's Athletes of the Year.

Junior Dan Novak was given that honor in the field division while sophomore Laquone Robinson was named the pre-season track Athlete of the Year.

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