Devine and Preble selected for NSIC honors
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced today that Bemidji State University's Sheena Devine (Jr., Harris, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Fr., Coleraine, Minn.) have each been selected as Athletes of the Week for their outstanding efforts during the first week off the 2007 outdoor season.

Devine was named NSIC Women's Field Athlete of the Week after she captured first place in the shot put at the Cobber Open Saturday with throw of 47-1 3/4. The toss ranks the 2007 indoor national shot put champion No. 6 in all of NCAA Division II this outdoor season and provisionally qualifies her for the 2007 Outdoor Championships to be held in Charlotte, N.C. during the last week of May.

Preble took second place in the decathlon at the Papa John’s D-II Challenge in Emporia, Kan. en route to his NSIC men's Field Athlete of the Week selection. The freshman used individual event wins in the shot put (47-08) and the discus (141-09) to finish just 51 points behind Fort Hays State University’s Alen Yoder (6,538) who took home the title. His point total of 6,487 not only sets a new BSU outdoor record, it ranks as one of the top ten decathlon scores of the season and provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Division II Championships.

While the conference honors are BSU's first and second of the 2007 outdoor season Devine has previously been selected for the award four times including one occasion during the 2007 indoor season (Feb. 7). Preble's field athlete of the week laurel stands as the second of his career after earning the conference award Feb. 13.

The 2007 outdoor campaign continues for the Bemidji State men's and women's track and field teams as this week BSU will have student-athletes participating in the Cobber Open in Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday and will be at the Bison Classic in Fargo, N.D. Saturday.

2007 NSIC Track and Field Honorees

Joe Remitz, Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, 1/30/07
Sheena Devine, Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, 2/7/07
Zac Preble, Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, 2/13/07
Todd Zeidler, Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, 2/13/07

Sheena Devine, Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, 4/17/07
Zac Preble, Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, 4/17/07