Remitz and Devine open the season by surpassing provisional marks
Sunday, April 15, 2007
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In the first meet of the 2007 outdoor track and field season, the Bemidji State University squads took advantage of beautiful weather conditions as two of its student-athletes provisionally qualified for the 2007 NCAA Division II Championships to be held May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C.

Joe Remits (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) and Sheena Devine (Jr., Harris, Minn.), who each earned All-American status for their performances during the indoor season, won their respective shot put events bettering the 2007 provisional qualifying marks.

Devine posted a distance of 47-1 3/4 to earn top honors while she out distanced the rest of the field measuring 150-9 in the hammer throw to complete the double. Her provisional-qualifying shot put mark ranks as the seventh-longest throw of the young outdoor season.

In addition to winning the shot put with one of the top three throws of the season (56-9 1/2), Remitz also took first with a distance of 160-5 and finished fourth in the discus stretching the tape to 145.0.

On the track, for the women, it was a group of sprinters that stood out.

M'Kelle Tomberlin (Jr., Cohasset, Minn.) clocked a time of 13.68 to take runner-up honors in the 100 meters. Shelby Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.94) and Nicole Friend (Sr., International Falls, Minn.) used a 1:01.74 400-meter dash to place third.

Those three runners also teamed up with Kristen Mitteness (So., Morris, Minn.) to earn a second place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (4:06.54) as well as including Breanne Woinarowicz (Jr., Stephen, Minn.) in a 4x100-meter relay race that posted a 52.11 to finish third.

On the men's side of things, in addition to Remitz's success in field events, Justin Cox (Sr., Menahga, Minn.) also fared well in the throwing events. The senior took top honors on the discus (154-5) edging teammate Zac Preble (Fr., Coleraine, Minn.) in second by over six feet (148-1), finished second behind Remitz in the shot put (48-7 1/2) and was third in the hammer throw (152-10).

In addition to success in the throwing events, Jon Clemens (Jr., Princeton, Minn.) grabbed second place in the high jump clearing 6-4 before bowing out.

On the track, BSU found success in the 200-meter dash where Kyle Nooker (So., Green Bay, Wis.) crossed the tape in a time of 22.75 to finish third while Todd Zeidler (Sr., Plentywood, Mont.) matched Nooker's effort placing third in the 800-meter run clocking a time of 1:57.51.

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.