Bemidji State prepares to host Super 8 Open
Friday, January 20, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State track and field teams are preparing to return to competition as they host six visiting schools in the annual Super 8 Open held in the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center on Saturday.

BSU is welcoming back former Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference powerhouse, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the Bulldogs new conference rivals from the University of North Dakota. The Beavers will also be competing against Minot State University, Jamestown College, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and the Minnesota State University Moorhead.

“There should be a great field of competition,” said BSU Head Coach Craig Hougen. “Between the two (North Central Conference) schools and several NAIA elites, I think our kids will really start to be tested.”

Hougen said his team will have to be ready to compete and that he will be expecting much more out of them this weekend.

“By now the team should have the legs under them and be ready to go,” said Hougen. “The first week in Minneapolis was good competition and last week was more of a good time. This weekend I’m really going to be looking for more out of everyone.”

Over the past two weeks, sophomore Joe Remitz (Cass Lake, Minn.) has broken the school record on two occasions. Hougen feels that Remitz and Sheena Devine (Soph.; Harris, Minn.), who both provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship during their first competition as member of the BSU team, will have to really work hard to continue to be as successful as they have been.

“This could be the first real test for some of our athletes who have been competing very well,” said Hougen. “With this added field of competition, they will either become better or let their nerves get the best of them and maybe hold them back.”

Ultimately Hougen feels that the tough competition will make all the athletes better in the long run.

The competition is slated to get under way at 1:00 p.m. with several field events and the running of the distance medley relay.