BSU men finish second; women take fifth at 2006 outdoor championships
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
WAYNE, Neb. - [women][men] The Bemidji State university men's and women's track and field teams capped the 2006 outdoor season Saturday at the 2006 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Track and Field Championships in Wayne, Neb. The men, led by the strength of their field events, finished in second while the women ran to a fifth place finish.

After the first day of competition, the BSU men found themselves just 10 points behind Northern State University and three points back from the hosting Wayne State College for second and third place respectively, but with a push from their field events on day two, the Beavers surpassed NSU to claim second (170) over 50 points behind Wayne State (225) who ran away with the 2006 outdoor team title.

In the nine field events displayed at the championship, BSU grabbed individual titles in four while adding second place finishes in four additional events. BSU's throwers topped the list as Joe Remitz took first in the shot put (55-03.75), Justin Cox collected the discus title (155-06) while gathering runner-up honors in the shot put (48-08.75). Adam Wilson also captured the hammer throw title with a throw of 157-03 while Phillip McCollam took home All-NSIC accolades finishing second in the event (154-08). In the javelin, Todd Zeidler posted the event's second-best throw (169-04).

Moving to jumping events, Jon Clemons solidified BSU's name a the home of the high jump champion for the fourth consecutive season. Following a three-year run by Steve Schreiber, Clemons cleared 6-06.75 to take his first NSIC crown in the event. 2006 NSIC Indoor Champion and NCAA Championship participant Rodney Williams took third in the triple jump (44-08.25) followed by Tommy Crummy who leaped 44-04.25 to finish fourth. Crummy also placed in the pole vault and long jump taking fifth place (14-05.50) and fourth place (22-03.50) respectively.

Speedster Jonathan Hawks stood out in the running events as he successfully defended his 100- and 200-meeter titles in times of 10.57 and 22.11 respectively in the windy Wayne, Neb. conditions. Hawks also teamed with Williams, Ben Hopkins and James Winsor for a first place finish in the 4x100-meter relay (42.77).

Mike Hougen also earned all-conference honors when he captured second place in the decathlon.

On the women's side of the championship, BSU (64) finished just nine points behind Northern State (73) for fourth but were more than 100 points behind MSU-Moorhead (181) and Winona State University (171) who finished in the top two spots.

The Beavers were led by the fleet-footed Nicole Friend. The three-sport standout captured first place in the 400-metter dash while finishing sixth in the 200-meters and third in the javelin throw (104-05) and fifth in the heptathlon. She also ran a leg on BSU's 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams which each garnered points for the team led by a third place finish by the 4x800-meter team.

Christa Pribula wrapped up her stellar four-year running career at the meet grabbing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:03.38) and running legs on the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relay teams.

In the field events, Sheena Devine led all BSU performers capturing the shot put title with a distance of 48-04.00. Her throw not only earned her the NSIC crown and all-conference honors, it also stands as the fourth-longest throw in all of NCAA Division II this season and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 25-27 at Fran Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kan.

In all 13 individual men and women an the men's 4x100-meter squad took grabbed All-NSIC honors while four additional participants finished with All-NSIC Honorable Mention status.

Although the teams have concluded their respective spring seasons, there are still a number of BSU athletes, including Devine, that have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships at the end of May. Those student-athletes will find out if they have earned a spot in the meet this week.