Bemidji State sweeps conference field honors
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bemidji State University's Joe Remitz and Sheena Devine joined forces to sweep the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Field Athlete of the Week awards, the league announced today.

Remitz was named the NSIC Field Athlete of the week after he outing at the Hamline Invite in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday. Remitz notched his name onto a special list as he provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the shot put. His put of 54-1 1/4 not only provisionally qualified him for nationals, it was also the best toss of the meet giving him a first place finish and currently ranks him 13th in the nation among Division II athletes. Along with being ranked nationally, Remitz's put is the best in the NSIC to date by over six and a half feet.

Remitz also captured a 10th place finish in the discus throw with his toss of 132 feet.

Devine continued her indoor success with a win in the shot put that provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her toss of 45-7 was over two feet further than the provisional qualifying mark and was 1 foot, 7 inches better than the rest of the competition.

Along with her win in the shot put, Devine also walked away with a fifth place finish in the discus (110-11) and a sixth place finish in the hammer throw (129-10).

Nationally Devine ranks 10th among Division II athletes in the shot put. Among conference opponents, Devine ranks first in the shot put, seventh in the discus and eighth in the hammer throw after her performance on Saturday.

Combined with the indoor season, this is the third time Remitz has been honored by the NSIC as a weekly award winner. Remitz previously received recognition from the league on Jan. 10 and Jan. 25. The award is the second for Devine in just her first year of competition at BSU. Devine was previously recognized on Jan. 10. Overall, the awards are the 11th and 12th for Bemidji State track and field team members this year.

Other award winners include M'Kelle Tomberlin (Jan. 17 and Feb. 1), Justin Cox (Feb. 1), Adam Wilson (Feb. 8), Shelby Hougen (Feb. 15) and Ben Hopkins (Feb. 21). At least one member of the Beavers track and field team was honored during each week of the indoor season. No member of the BSU track and field team was honored last week as the team did not open their season until Saturday.

Remitz and Devine, along with the rest of the Bemidji State men and women's track and field team, will next be in action as they travel to St. Peter, Minn., on Friday to compete in the Gustie Open.