Remitz named North Central Region Field Athlete of the Year
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.), a senior thrower at Bemidji State University, has been named as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association North Central Region Field Athlete of the Year, the organization announced today.

Remitz is among a field of 32 student-athletes and coaches hailing from the country's eight regions that will be honored at a USTFCCCA banquet held in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pamona, Calif. this week.

In addition to being presented with the regional award, Remitz is in California as a participant in this year's outdoor championships. He enters the meet slotted second in the shot put field of 17 and will vie for his seventh collegiate All-America accolade in his sixth trip to an national championship meet and third during the outdoor season.

Remitz capped a seven-meet 2008 outdoor season, in which he was not defeated by a single NCAA Division II competitor, by registering top-three finishes in the throwing events at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet. In addition to notching a title in the shot put, Remitz penciled in new school and conference records in the event with a season-best throw of 61-feet, six and three-quarter inches as well as a new BSU hammer throw mark of 177-00.

Wrapping up his collegiate career at the national championships, Remitz will undoubtedly leave BSU as its most decorated male field athlete of all time. In addition to his newly-established outdoor shot put and hammer throw standards, he also owns BSU records in the indoor shot (59-7 1/2) and weight throw (62-3) while 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.

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.