Two BSU student-athletes to compete in 2006 NCAA Division II Championships
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
EMPORIA, Kan. - Two Bemidji State University track and field student-athletes have been given invitations to compete in the 2006 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships held May 25-27 at Fran Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kan. Sophomore Sheena Devine (Harris, Minn.) has qualified for the women's shot put while sophomore Joe Remitz (Cass Lake, Minn.) will take part in the men's shot put at the event.

"Joe and Sheena are both high-quality athletes and have each experienced a tremendous amount of success this year," commented Bemidji State head track and field coach Craig Hougen. "I think they both have a great opportunity to represent Bemidji State at the NCAA Championships, finish in the top eight and come back as All-Americans."

Devine got out of the gates quickly this spring provisionally qualifying for the NCAA meet with a throw of 45-07 in the first meet of the outdoor season. Since that time she has captured first place in four of five meets, each time surpassing the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark of 43-06. However, the sophomore saved her best for last recording the fourth longest shot put distance in the country this season with a 48-04 first place throw at last week's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships in Wayne, Neb. The throw also stands as the new BSU and NSIC women's outdoor shot put standard.

The outdoor invitation is the first of its kind for Devine but she competed on the national level in March when she participated in the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Remits enters the NCAA Division II Championships after taking home first place in five of six events this spring. His only non-first place finish came at the Drake Relays where he competed against a mixture of the best NCAA Division I and II athletes. In that meet he took 11th with a throw of 54-10. The 2006 NSIC Outdoor Shot Put Champion currently stands in ninth on the NCAA performance list after measuring a school-record throw of 55-07 April 22 at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.

Remitz is already an All-American after finishing six in the shot put at the 2006 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass March, 10-11. This is is first trip to the national outdoor championships.

Exact preliminary heat sheets and final times for the championships will be release Friday, May 19. Top-eight finishers in each event will be named to the All-America team.

Remitz is slated to begin competition in the first flight of the men's shot put Friday at 3:00 p.m. The women's shot put begins at 5:45 p.m. and Devine has been place in the second flight.

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

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