Cox places 17th on final day of NCAA outdoor championships
Saturday, May 26, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bemidji State University's Justin Cox (Sr., Menahga, Minn.) placed 17th in the discus throw Saturday in the final day of the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are being held at Irwin Belk Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Cox, BSU's outdoor discus record-holder and 2007 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the event, registered a mark of 149-4 1/2 on his third attempt of the competition but it was not enough to propel the senior into the finals.

The trip to the national championships was the first of Cox's career and a picture-perfect way to cap his collegiate eligibility.

Ashland University (Ohio) Kibwe Johnson won the men's discus title with a mark of 188-9 1/4. He also captured the hammer throw national championship on Thursday with a new NCAA Division II mark of 222-8.

Cox was the fourth Bemidji State student-athlete to compete in the national meet. Shelby Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) began the event placing 14th by running a 400-meter hurdles time just a fraction of a second off of her BSU-record pace. Friday, the shot put tandem of Sheena Devine (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) left their mark on the championships. Devine claimed her second national championship of the year shattering her own BSU outdoor shot put record with a throw of 50-7 1/2. Remitz placed sixth in the men's shot put to claim his fourth All-American honor.

The end of the outdoor track and field championships brings with it the end of the 2007 athletic season at BSU. For the Beavers' men's and women's track and field teams it may go down as one of the most successful season's in the books. A school record four student-athletes were invited to the outdoor championships, a pair of Beavers earned All-American accolades and Devine captured the school's 20th individual title and is one of just four student-athletes in BSU history to garner two or more individual crowns.