BSU's Devine, Remitz and Williams take competition to national stage
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. - For most of the athletes on the Bemidji State University track and field teams, Saturday marked the end of the indoor season. But, for Sheena Devine, Joe Remitz and Rodney Williams, it was merely a stepping stone into the national scene.

Today, the NCAA released the final list of competitors that will be competing in the NCAA Division II National Championships on March 10-11 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass., with Devine, Remitz and Williams all getting invites.

For Bemidji State, sending three athletes to the national meet is the most is school history.

“The program is obviously improving each year and we can really seeing that as we’re sending three athletes to Boston,” said head coach Craig Hougen. “It’s big for us when you start thinking of some of the other schools that we’re going to be going against.”

Devine is the lone BSU representative for the women and will enter the shot put competition ranked 11th in the nation in a field of 15. Her best put of the season of 46-8 came at the NSIC Conference Championships and earned her a second place finish at the meet. For her efforts, Devine has been named as one of Bemidji State’s four All-NSIC women.

Remitz has been a solid force for the Beavers all season long, breaking the school record in the shot put on three occasions. His current school record distance stands at 56-9 1/2 and ranks him third in the nation as he prepares to compete at the national meet. Remitz was also named to the All-NSIC team for the men, claiming victory in the shot put at the conference meet.

Along with being selected to compete at the Division II national championships, Remitz was also named the NSIC’s newcomer of the year. Remitz led the NSIC in the shot put throughout the season and was ranked among the top-10 in the weight throw. At the conference meet, along with winning the shot put (55-5), Remitz finished third in the weight throw with his toss of 54-6.

Competing in just two meets season, Rodney Williams is ranked nationally in the long jump and the triple jump. The All-NSIC member won both events at the NSIC meet with his jumps of 23-10 3/4 and 46-11 3/4, respectively. Nationally, Williams ranks ninth in the long jump and 25th in the triple jump. Williams will only be competing in the long jump at the national championships where he will combat a field of 15.

Also this week, the NSIC released the full list of all-conference award winners with Bemidji State collecting a total of 13 individual awards. Seven BSU athletes received honorable mention.

All-NSIC award winners include:
Shelby Hougen, Nicole Friend, Leah Grabil, Sheena Devine, Todd Zeidler, Jonathon Hawks, Ben Hopkins, Steve Schreiber, Tommy Crummy, Rodney Williams, Joe Remitz, Justin Cox and Adam Wilson.

Honorable mentions go to:
Christa Pribula, M’Kelle Tomberlin, Kristen Mitteness, James Winsor, Tristan White, Kyle Mlyner and Tom Prout.

Hougen, Devine, Remitz and Williams are all set to leave for the meet on Tuesday, March 7. All are available for comments prior to departure by contacting Sports Information Assistant, Justin Stottlemyre, at 218-230-4890 or [email protected]

Coach Hougen can be contacted directly at 218-755-7232 or [email protected]