BSU boasts two 2006 Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans
Friday, May 26, 2006
EMPORIA, Kan. - Bemidji State University and its outdoor track and field teams were well represented at the 2006 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Fran Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kan. this weekend. Sophomore thrower Joe Remitz (Cass Lake, Minn.) earned All-American honors finishing third in the men's shot put while Sheena Devine (Harris, Minn.) finished sixth in the women's shot put to make her first appearance on the All-Americans list Friday.

Remitz got out off the gates quickly Friday afternoon lofting the the first of his six throws nearly three feet beyond his personal best and own BSU outdoor record (55-07.00) with his eventual third place throw of 58-07.50.

Remitz, a Cass lake, Minn. native, entered this weekend's 18-man competition ranked ninth with a season-best of 55-07.00.

This was Remitz's first trip to the NCAA II outdoor event but the second time he has achieved All-America status. Last winter he took sixth in the shot put at the 2006 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass March, 10-11.

Devine, the third thrower of the second flight, saved her best for last garnering sixth place with her final throw of the meet measuring 47-09.75--a distance just seven inches short of her school-record of 48-04 attained at the 2006 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Devine went into the meet ranked fourth in all of Division II.

With six points in the meet, Bemidji State finished tied for 36 of the 52 teams represented at the meet.

The NCAA Championship marks the end of the 2006 outdoor season for Bemidji State. The men's team wrapped up its year of competition with a second place finish in the NSIC while the women ranked fifth. An impressive end to a successful outdoor season, BSU's two All-Americans marks the first time the school has boasted two or more student-athletes to achieve the feat since the Beavers made the transition to NCAA Division II.

A complete list of participating athletes and real time results can be viewed at: http://www.flashresults.com/flashwest/

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