BSU sweeps NSIC Field Athlete of the Week awards
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced today that Bemidji State’s Sheena Devine (Soph.; Harris, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (Soph.; Cass Lake, Minn.) have been named the first Men and Women’s Field Athletes of the Week for the 2006 indoor season for their performances at the Northwest Open in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday.

Devine placed in both the shot put and the weight throw for BSU on Saturday. Her first place performance in the shot put (44-5 1/4) earned her NCAA Division II qualifying status. Devine also managed a sixth place finish in the weight throw with her toss of 34-5 1/2.

Remitz was also honored for his performance in the shot put. Along with provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championships, Remitz broke the school record by over eight inches with his toss of 52-2 3/4.

“For both Sheena and Joe, this gives them a name on the team,” said head coach Craig Hougen. “After spending over six weeks in practice with your teammates you don’t always know how they are going to compete with the best and (Devine and Remitz) showed the rest of the team a little something. Being so young, they put a little pressure on our older athletes to work a little harder.”

The awards are the first for both Devine and Remitz who are both first year members of the Bemidji State track and field team and were competing in their first competition for the Beavers.

“The recognition by the league is confirmation that our program is headed in the right direction,” said Hougen. “It may have put a little target on (Devine and Remitz’s) back, but, I think as the season progresses they will work even harder and become more disciplined. Both of these athletes have the potential to be even better than they were this past weekend.”

Devine, Remitz, and the rest of the Bemidji State track and field team will next be in action on Saturday as they host the annual BSU Alumni Meet in the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center.