Bemidji State men take early lead in conference championships
Friday, February 24, 2006

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men's track and field team jumped out to an early 23.5 point lead over Northern State University, the 2005 indoor champions, after the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Indoor Track and Field Championships being held at the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center on the campus of BSU.

In just his second competition of the season, Rodney Williams beat a field of 15 by 14 1/4 inches and established a new Bemidji State record with his NSIC individual championship leap of 23-10 3/4 in the long jump. His distance in the event currently ranks him ninth in the nation and provisionally qualifies to go to nationals in Boston, Mass., on March 11-12.

In the women's shot put, BSU's Sheena Devine had already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships, but that didn't stop her as she put her way to a second place finish with a season-best distance of 46-8. Her put moved her up in the national rankings from 14th place to eighth place.

Devine's second place finish earned the women's team eight points as they finished the day in sixth place overall, having collected just 15 points.

As the second group of field events got underway, Bemidji State's men were looking to jump into the overall lead. In his final competition in a BSU uniform, Steve Schreiber cleared 6-6 to garner second place in the high jump. Schrieber was followed by BSU's Tom Prout, who finished third, and Jon Clemons, who finished in a tie for sixth. Combined, the three collected 14.5 points for the team.

Joe Remitz, ranked third in the nation in the shot put, continued his domination in the event. Remitz won the event by 3 feet 1 inch, over teammate Justin Cox, with his put of 55-5. For his efforts, Remitz earned his team 10 points.

Cox finished the event in second place and picked up eight team points with his toss of 52-1. Also receiving team points in the men's shot put was Adam Wilson. Wilson's put of 48-6 3/4 earned him a fourth place finish overall and added four points to the teams total.

On the track for the Beavers, 10 athletes advanced to the the finals. Michael Hougen advanced to the finals in the 55-meter hurdles after he turned in a time of 8.20. In the 400-meter dash, James Winsor, Tristan White and Kyle Mlyner will all compete in tomorrow's final round. White, along with Ben Hopkins and Jonathon Hawks, advanced to the finals in the men's 200-meter dash. Hawks and Hopkins also advanced to the finals in the 55-meter dash.

For the women, Leah Grabil and M'Kelle Tomberlin both advanced to the finals of the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. The two will be joined by teammate Breanne Woinarowicz in the 200-meter dash.

As Day 1 came to a close, the NSIC saw two if its records fall. Minnesota State University, Moorhead's Derik Brugger broke the first conference record as he cleared the 16-8 3/4 mark in the pole vault. Brugger bested the rest of his competition by 14 1/2 inches. His best vault of the day broke the NSIC's old record formerly set it 1997 by the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Matt Schemmel.

Wayne State College's Katie Wilson broke the second NSIC record of the day. Wilson's record-setting performance came in the shot put with her winning put of 48-1 3/4. Her distance is currently the third best in the nation and topped the old NSIC record held by Patti Fitzgerald of BSU. Fitzgerald set the record in 1990 with her put of 45-3 3/4.

The NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships will resume on Saturday at 9 a.m. as action gets under way with the men's weight throw and triple jump and the women's pole vault. Competition on the track is set to begin at noon with the finals in the men's and women's one mile run.

Day 1 Results
Men: 1. Bemidji State University (69.5); 2. Northern State University (46); 3. Wayne State College (34); 4. Minnesota State University, Moorhead (27); 5. Concordia University, St. Paul (16.5)
Women: 1. Wayne State College (44); 2. Northern State University (37); 3. Minnesota State University, Moorhead (27); 4. Winona State University (20); 5. Concordia University, St. Paul (20); 6. Bemidji State University (15)


OTHER BEMIDJI STATE FINISHES: (according to the schedule of events)

Men's Long Jump

1. Rodney Williams (BSU, 23-10 3/4)
Other BSU finishes - 9. Tommy Crummy (20-5 3/4); 11. Josh Deal (20-2 1/2)

Men's Pole Vault
1. Derik Brugger (Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 16-8 3/4)
Other BSU finishes - 3. Tommy Crummy (15-0); 8. Lee Morberg (13-0 1/4); 9. Justin Smith (12-0); 11. Joe Bernau (11-6 1/4)

Women's High Jump
1. Tanna Walford (Wayne State College, 5-4 1/4)
Other BSU finishes - none

Women's Shot Put
1. Katie Wilson (Wayne State College, 48-1 3/4)
Other BSU finishes - 2. Sheena Devine (46-8); 5. Libby Schneider (40-11 3/4); 10. Lindsay Bergeson (36-9)

Men's High Jump
1. Tre Savles (BSU, 6-6)
Other BSU finishes - 2. Steve Schreiber (6-6); 3. Tom Prout (6-4); 6. Jon Clemons (6-2)

Women's Long Jump
1. Sarah Deutsch (17-11)
Other BSU finishes - 4. M'Kelle Tomberlin (17-9); 9. Rachel Hendrickson (14-7)

Men's Shot Put
1. Joe Remitz (BSU, 55-5)
Other BSU finishes - 2. Justin Cox (52-1); 4. Adam Wilson (48-6 3/4); 7. Phil McCollam (45-1 3/4)

Women's Distance Medley Relay
1. Wayne State College (12:49.06)
Other BSU finishes - 6. Bemidji State (13:44.12)

Men's Distance Medley Relay
1. Wayne State College (10:22.86)
Other BSU finishes - 5. Bemidji State (11:13.07)