Remitz's toss ranks him third NCAA D-II athletes
Saturday, January 21, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State’s track and field athletes broke three school records on Saturday as they hosted the annual Super 8 Open in the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center. All three records were bested by the athletes who already held the record in their respective events.

For the third consecutive week, Joe Remitz (Soph.; Cass Lake, Minn.) broke the BSU school record in the shot put. It was the second week in a row that he broke his own record.

Since joining the BSU track and field team this season, Remitz has broke the school record in the shot put in each of his three attempts. On Jan. 7, Remitz first broke the record with his toss of 52-2 3/4 at the Northwest Open in Minneapolis, Minn. On Jan. 14, he broke his own record, recording a put of 55-4. His efforts in the Super 8 Open (56-9 1/2) landed him a first place finish in the meet. His distance is the best in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and is the third best in the nation at the NCAA Division II level.

When the BSU season began, senior Adam Wilson (Forest Lake, Minn.) held the men’s shot put record which stood at 51-6 1/2.

In the men’s weight throw, Wilson broke his own record, recording a toss of 54-8 3/4. His old record stood at 54 feet even. For his efforts Wilson captured first place.

Wilson also grabbed a fifth place finish in the shot put (45-11 3/4).

For the women, Angela Miller (Soph.; Grove City, Minn.) beat her own school record in the pole vault. Miller cleared the 10-9 mark in the event, topping her old record by three inches. She finished second in the event.

Although no other record were broken, the BSU track and field team enjoy much success on their home track. Ben Hopkins (Sr.; Baudette, Minn.), Todd Zeidler (Jr.; Plentywood, Mont.) and Sheena Devine (Soph.; Harris, Minn.) all had first place finishes in their respective events.

Hopkins earned his first place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.54. He later captured a second place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.90.

In the 600-meter run, Zeidler took first place with his time of 1:24.33. The first place finish was his first of the 2006 season.

Off the track, Devine enjoyed her success in the women’s shot put. Devine captured first place with her toss of 44-5 1/2. She also grabbed a third place finish in the weight throw (43-6).

Also throwing well was the men’s Justin Cox (Jr.; Menahga, Minn.). Cox had two second place finishes on the day. His first came in the weight throw with his best toss of 53-11. He also placed second in the shot put (51-7 3/4).

M’Kelle Tomberlin (Soph.; Cohasset, Minn.), who was honored by the NSIC as the Female Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 17, had three strong finishes for the Beavers. Her best finish came in the long jump as she garnered second place with her leap of 17-6 3/4. Tomberlin also placed in the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, collecting third and fourth place finishes with her respective times of 7.63 and 27.84.

Bemidji State will next be in action as they travel to Moorhead, Minn., on Friday to compete in the Concordia Multi before heading to Superior, Wis., to take part in the Superior Invite.

Other BSU top-five finishes - Name (place / event / result)
Christa Pribula (second / one mile run / 5:44.51), Margaret Osgood (third / one mile run / 5:51.01), Becca Hougen (third / 55-meter hurdles / 9.29), Shelby Hougen (second / 400-meter dash / 1:01.21), Leah Grabil (second / 200-meter dash / 27.15)
Matt Bischof (fourth / one mile run / 4:40.95), James Winsor (third / 400-meter dash / 52.23), Tommy Crummy (fourth / pole vault / 14-3), Phil McCollam (third / weight throw / 51-2 3/4)