Tomberlin, Cox receive Athlete of the Week honors from NSIC
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State’s M’Kelle Tomberlin and Justin Cox have been honored as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s Female Track Athlete of the Week and Male Field Athlete of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday.

Tomberlin is being recognized for the second time this season. Her first honor came on Jan. 17, when she was named the NSIC Female Field Athlete of the Week. This time Tomberlin is be recognized for her performance on the track. In the 60-meter dash, Tomberlin garnered a first place finish with her time of 8.22. She was also able to grab a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash along with competing as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second and has the second fastest time in the NSIC this season (4:12.31).

Along with her success on the track, Tomberlin rounded out the weekend with a NSIC leading leap of 16-5 in the long jump to earn a third place finish at the Dairy Queen Blizzard Open in Superior, Wis.

For Cox, the honor is the first of the season. Along with winning the weight throw, his distance of 53-2 1/4 also set a new Lydia Thering Fieldhouse record. Finishing second in the shot put, Cox provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship with his toss of 52-10 1/4. His put is currently the 10th best among NCAA Division II athletes.

But, Tomberlin and Cox were just two members of a cast that had an outstanding performance at the event.

In their last meet, BSU broke six fieldhouse records at the Lydia Thering Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, along with breaking one Bemidji State school record.

Sheena Devine (Soph.; Harris, Minn.), who currently has the 17th best shot put distance among NCAA Division II athletes, broke the Lydia Thering Fieldhouse record with her winning put of 44-3 1/4. Devine also broke a school record for her efforts in the weight throw. Although Devine did not win the event, her toss of 46-10 1/4 was good enough for third.

Devine was the only member of the women’s track and field team to break a fieldhouse record.

The men’s team, however, broke five fieldhouse records including Cox’s. In the 800-meter run, Todd Zeidler’s time of 1:59.77 set a new fieldhouse record and was good enough to win the event. Zeidler (Jr.; Plentywood, Mont.) currently holds the NSIC’s sixth fastest time in the 800-meter run with his finish at the Dairy Queen Blizzard Open on Saturday.

Zeidler was also a member of the men’s 4x400-meter relay team that set a new fieldhouse record as well. Zeidler, along with Tristan White (Sr.; Portland, Ore.), James Winsor (Jr.; Hopkins, Minn.), and Kyle Mlyner (Fr.; Aitkin, Minn.) finished with a time of 3:31.01. The group’s time is the third fastest time in the conference this season.

The rest of the fieldhouse records broken by BSU came in the field events as the men continued to dominate the throwing events.

Joe Remitz (Soph.; Cass Lake, Minn.) who made an early name for himself at Bemidji State by breaking the school record at three consecutive meets, broke the Lydia Thering Fieldhouse record in the shot put with his toss of 56-0 1/2. The toss was short of his best throw this season but resulted in a first place finish in the event. Remitz currently leads the NSIC in the shot put and is ranked third in Division II of the NCAA.

In the pole vault, Tommy Crummy (Jr.; Argyle, Minn.), garnered another first place finish this season, clearing the 14-9 mark. His height was also broke a fieldhouse record.

Bemidji State will look to continue their success as they travel to Moorhead, Minn., to compete in the Cobber Duals, hosted by Concordia College. The event is set to begin at 12 p.m. with the field events. Action on the track will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Bemidji State 2006 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
January 10 - Joe Remitz (Men’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 10 - Sheena Devine (Women’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 17 - M’Kelle Tomberlin (Women’s Field Athlete of the Week)
January 25 - Joe Remitz (Men's Field Athlete of the Week)
January 31 - Justin Cox (Men's Field Athlete of the Week)
January 31 - M'Kelle Tomberlin (Women's Track Athlete of the Week)