BSU throwers fare well in first day of competition at 2007 Drake Relays
Friday, April 27, 2007
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two Bemidji State University men's track and field athletes took part in the first day of of the 2007 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Throwers Joe Remitz (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) and Todd Zeidler (Sr., Plentywood, Mont.) recorded season-best distances in their respective events while competing among some of the nation's top collegiate athletes.

All-American thrower Remitz, garnered fifth place in the shot put lofting the implement nearly a foot beyond his previous season best to 57-00 3/4. He also closed the gap on the No. 2 thrower in the country. Zack Pfeiffer of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the only other NCAA Division II athlete to finish in the top eight in today's competition, currently leads Remitz on the D-II outdoor performance list by a fraction of a meter. The elite pair of throwers found themselves in good company this afternoon in amongst NCAA Division I athletes from the likes of Ole Miss, Georgia, Minnesota and Iowa on the top 10.

Zeidler, hit his best distance of 2007 in the javelin stretching the tape to 185-07 four feet past his previous best mark for 13th place, fifth among Division II counterparts.

His personal best throw increases his lead over the rest of the NSIC in the event to over 20 feet with just two weeks until the 2007 NSIC Outdoor Championships.

Bemidji State will be back in the mix tomorrow as the Drake relays come to an end. Senior Justin Cox (Menahga, Minn.) will begin discus competition beginning at 10 a.m. while Indoor All-American Sheena Devine (Jr., Harris, Minn.) looks to continue her dominance in the shot put at 11 a.m.

The rest of the Bemidji State men's and women's track and field teams will also be in action tomorrow as they take part in the Al Cassel Relays in Jamestown, N.D.