After a superb career, there was one thing that had eluded Bemidji State University senior thrower Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.), but today in the warm sun of Pamona, Calif. Remitz, a seven-time All-American claimed his first NCAA Division II national championship.
Remitz needed every one of his six throws to capture the title. After a pair of fouls and a botched third attempt, Remits steped inot the ring for his final toss with his best mark measureing just under 60 feet. The 2008 North Central Region Male Field Athlete of the Year then dropped a bomb. His final throw of 63-02.00 stretched the tape nearly 20 inches beyond his own BSU record, and more improtantly on this day, over seven inches past long-time nemasis, and defending champion Bryan Vickers of Ashland State.
Remitz's individual national championship is the 22nd in BSU history and the fifth at the NCAA Division II level. With it he also completes an eight-meet 2008 outdoor season in which he was not defeated by a single NCAA Division II competitor.
Wrapping up his collegiate career with the national championship, Remitz will undoubtedly leave BSU as its most decorated male field athlete of all time. He has amassed seven individual conference championships, 12 All-NSIC honors, is a two-time NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year (2007, 2008), was the 2008 NSIC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and earned NSIC Newcomer of the Year laurels in 2006. In addition to his newly established outdoor shot out record, he also owns In addition to his newly-established outdoor shot put record, and hammer throw standards, he also owns BSU records in the hammer throw (177-00) indoor shot (59-7 1/2) and weight throw (62-3).
Remitz headlines a trio of BSU student-athletes that punched their tickets to participate in the 2008 NCAA D-II Championships. He is joined by three-time national champion shot put thrower Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) and multi-event standout Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) who will compete in the decathlon.