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Men’s and Women’s Track Get Good Showings at Cobber Open

Nick Ross | Sports Editor | 02/02/2011

For the second straight year at the Cobber Open, BSU senior Kristi Buerkle set the meet record, and won the 400-meter dash.  Buerkle’s time of 56.53 seconds was over one second faster than her closest competitor, as well as almost a full second lower than her record time at the meet.

BSU senior Genna Ironi led the way for the pack in the 1,000 meter run, winning by more than three seconds.  Ironi broke the tape at a time of 3:13.68 minutes.  Junior Alison Hougen was a few seconds behind, finishing in fourth with a time of 3:25.32 minutes.

On the men’s side, the Beavers also faired well.  Sophomore Raphael Gelo placed second in the pole vault, with a season best height of 15 feet and 2.25 inches.

Gelo also helped the 4×200 relay and the 4×400 relay teams to a second place finish.  The 4×200 team of the aforementioned Gelo, and sophomore Mark Buerkle, sophomore Beau Wakefield and senior Sam Bofferding clocked in with a time of 93.25 seconds.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Gelo, Buerkle, Bofferding and freshmen Andrew Roiger finished in a time of 3:32.49 seconds, for a second place finish.

Sophomore Marc Sizer finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92 seconds, and senior Abe Hartsell finished the 1,000-meter run with a season best time of 2:42.29 minutes, in third place.

The Beavers will return to the tracks next weekend, when they host the annual Beaver Classic. The Classic will begin at 1 p.m. in the Gillett Rec. Center on campus.