Devine earned provisional qualifying status with a first place finish in the shot put with her toss of 44-5 1/4. Along with her first place finish in the shot put, Devine also grabbed a sixth place finish in the weight throw (34-5 1/2).
Remitz topped the provisional mark with his toss of 52-2 3/4 in the men’s shot put. His toss bested BSU’s school record by over eight inches and was good enough for a third place finish behind two of Minnesota’s host athletes. Remitz broke the former BSU record of 51-6 1/1 previously held by teammate Adam Wilson (Sr.; Forest Lake, Minn.).
“The performance was one that I had kind of expected,” said head coach Craig Hougen of Devine and Remitz. “They are both quality athletes that are ranked fairly high in the nation but they will have to throw further to maintain their status and I believe both of them can.”
M’Kelle Tomberlin (Soph.; Cohasset, Minn.) was also making her BSU debut. Tomberlin captured second place in the first heat with a time of 8.24 in the 60-meter dash and was able to shave off a little time in the finals (8.19) to garner second place overall. She also competed in the 200-meter dash finishing in sixth place (28.03).
The men’s throwing group from last year tried their hardest to pick up right where they had left off. Phil McCollam (Sr.; Idaho Falls, Idaho), Justin Cox (Jr.; Menahga, Minn.), and Wilson finished fifth, eighth and ninth with their respective throws of 50-7 1/2, 49-10, and 48-4 in the weight throw. The throwing trio tied BSU with the University of Minnesota, who also had three top-ten finishes in the event.
Prior to his eighth place finish in the weight throw, Cox also captured an eight place finish in the shot put with his toss of 47-9 3/4.
In the other field events, senior Steve Schreiber (Forest Lake, Minn.) tied for ninth place clearing 6-2 3/4 while junior Tommy Crummy (Argyle, Minn.) finished in a tie for seventh place in the pole vault with his bound of 14-5 1/2.
On the track the men struggled, grabbing just two top-ten finishes.
Senior Ozzey Williams (Toledo, Ohio) had the best finish on the track for the BSU men. Williams’ time of 8.50 in the 60-meter hurdles was good enough for fourth place. Also on the indoor mondo track, Matt Bischof (Jr.; Fergus Falls, Minn.) recorded the best time of heat (9:52.60) in the 3000-meter run but finished seventh overall in the event.
BSU’s women also opened the 2006 indoor season strong. Along with Devine’s first place finish in the shot put, Lindsey Bergeson (Jr.; Trail, Minn.) and Libby Schneider (Soph.; Fargo, N.D.) finished in third and fourth place respectively. Bergeson posted a put of 38-7 3/4 while Schneider’s best mark was 37-3 1/4. Schneider also grabbed a third place finish behind teammate Sara Olson (Jr.; Fairmont, Minn.) in the weight throw with her toss of 37-8 3/4. Olson finished in second place with throw of 39-8.
On the track Kristen Mitteness (Fr.; Morris,
Minn.) finished sixth in the 400-meter dash with her time
of 1:06.52. Margaret Osgood (Soph.; St. Cloud,
Minn.) and Adonia McCormick (Jr.; Grand Rapids,
Minn.) finished fifth and seventh in the one mile with their
respective times of 5:51.01 and 6:27.41.
In the triple jump a pair of Hougen’s captured sixth and eighth place. Shelby Hougen (Soph.; Bemidji, Minn.) finished sixth with her jump of 33-6 while Rebecca Hougen (Fr.; Bemidji, Minn.) finished in eighth place with her mark of 33-2. Rebecca also grabbed a seventh place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 10.23.
“We had others who did well for us but their places just don’t show it,” said Hougen. “We also had some of our top athletes that didn’t travel with us and that hurts.”
Overall Hougen has high hopes for his team as the season progresses.
Bemidji State’s men and women will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, as they welcome back former BSU track and field athletes in the annual Alumni Meet held at the Gillett Recreation Fitness Center on the campus of Bemidji State University.