Devine does it again
Friday, May 25, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bemidji State University junior Sheena Devine has done it again. The junior from North Branch, Minn. solidified herself as the best shot put thrower in the country today at Irwin Belk Complex on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She capped an undefeated NCAA Division II season with an outdoor national championship in the shot put. Teammate Joe Remitz (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) also garnered All-American honors placing sixth in the men's shot put.

The women's shot put event was a two-participant race. After Devine tossed her fourth throw beyond the 50-foot mark (15.25 m) it was down to the BSU junior and Angelo State's Adree Lakey. Lakey responded with a toss of 50-4 1/4 (15.37 m) on her sixth and final attempt to take the lead. But Devine saved her best for last. She posted a throw of 50-7 1/2 to regain the lead for good and breaking her own BSU outdoor shot put record in the process.

She is now a three-time shot put All-American earning back-to-back outdoor honors to go with her indoor laurel in 2007.

Devine's individual title is the 20th in Bemidji State history and just the third at the NCAA Division II level. In addition to her indoor shot put national championship just a few months ago, she follows Liz Mulvihill who also claimed a shot put crown for the Beavers in 1988.

She is one of only four BSU athletes to have earned two or more individual national titles. John Tobler was a three-time NAIA champion in men's gymnastics during the mid 1960s, Kevin Kish earned two NAIA wrestling crowns in the 118-pound weight class in 1976 and 1978 and Mulvihill won NAIA and NCAA Division II shot put titles in 1988.

BSU's Remitz also found himself in the mix during the men's shot put competition. He used a distance of 54-7 1/2 to stay in the top five half way through the event, but needed all of his sixth throw to earn All-American status as he finished sixth with a toss of 56-9 1/4.

The top-six finish in the shot marked the fourth time Remitz has earned All-American accolades. He had two previous successful trips to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships (2006 and 2007) and placed fourth last spring at the outdoor meet.

The 2007 championships conclude tomorrow. Justin Cox (Sr., Menahga, Minn.) wraps up the trip to North Carolina for BSU at 3 p.m. when he steps into the cage to challenge for the discus title.

Complete real time results can be viewed at http://www.jcsu.edu/athletics/ncaa/07DIINationals.htm

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