BSU men claim second place at Ron Masanz Invite
Saturday, May 6, 2006
MOORHEAD, Minn. - [results] The Bemidji State University men's track and field team captured a second place finish as they competed in the Ron Masanz Invited hosted by Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Saturday in Moorhead, Minn.

Along with their second place team finish, four individuals grabbed first place finishes in their respective events. All of the winners came in the field events as Joe Remitz won the shot put (54-6 3/4), Adam Wilson won the hammer throw (168-8), Rodney Williams won the long jump (22-3) and Jon Clemons won the high jump (6-4).

Clemons' height of 6-4 in the high jump moved him into second place among Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference athletes in Bemidji State last competition before the conference meet. Clemons' was joined by several other teammates who also improved their conference ranking.

Justin Cox finished second in the discus on Saturday and moved into second place in the NSIC with his toss of 152-5 at the meet. Phil McCollam also improved his ranking in the field events as his second place finish in the hammer throw (163-2) moved him into third place in the conference standings.

On the track, Jonathon Hawks grabbed second place finishes in both the 100-meter dash (10.77) and the 200-meter dash (21.82). Hawks currently ranks first in the NSIC in both events and his time in the 200-meter dash on Saturday was an improvement over his previous season-best time of 21.88.

Todd Zeidler finished fourth at the Ron Masanz Invite in Moorhead, Minn., with his time of 1:57.42 in the 800-meter dash. His time bumped him up to seventh place in the NSIC.

The women also saw several individual improvements on Saturday as they collectively earned a fourth place team finish.

Sheena Devine, M'Kelle Tomberlin, Nicole Friend and Allison Osgood all earned first place finishes for Bemidji State.

Devine won the shot put with her distance of 45-3 1/2 and was the only field event participant to earn top honors for BSU. She also finished sixth in the discus (120-4) and ranks sixth in the conference in the event.

Tomberlin earned her first place finish in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 13.12 in the event moved her to eight place in the conference heading into the NSIC Championships.

In the 400-meter dash, Friend won with her time of 58.17. Her time in the event currently sits her atop the NSIC. Friend also improved her standing in the 200-meter dash with her second place finish (26.68).

Osgood won the 5,000-meter run for Bemidji State with her time of 19:32.40. Her time in the event ranks her fifth among fellow NSIC athletes.

Also making their final move in the standings before the conference meet were Kristen Mitteness, Sara Olson and Katie MacRea.

Mitteness made her move in the 800-meter run. She earned a fifth place finish in the event at MSUM and currently ranks eighth in the NSIC.

Olson's sixth place finish in the hammer throw (144-5) slid her into the seventh place slot in the conference standings.

The final member of the women's team to make improvements in the final regular season meet vaulted herself to a fifth place finish on Saturday. MacRea's vault of 10-6 puts her in fourth place in the conference.

Bemidji State will now focus on the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships that will get started on Friday in Wayne, Neb.