Devine entered the meet after winning the shot put in each of the eight events in which she participated and was the top-rated participant heading into this season's championship. Saturday she backed up that ranking.
Despite surpassing her career-best toss of 49-09.75 on her second throw of the event, she found herself in second place with just one attempt to go. With the weight of her national championship hopes on her shoulders and the four-kilogram shot put nuzzled between her check and right hand she heaved the implement 51-00.25 out distancing her nearest competitor by nearly six inches to claim the title.
Devine becomes the second individual track and field national champion at Bemidji State since the school joined the NCAA Division II ranks and is one of just a handful student-athletes in the history of BSU athletics to stand alone as the best in the country.
On the men's side of things, Remitz was also outstanding. In his second consecutive trip of the Indoor National Championships, the junior bettered his own school record by four inches when he stretched the tape to 57-04.25 on his third attempted of the morning. That toss earned him fourth place in the event and etched his name as an All-American in the for the second consecutive indoor season and the third time in his college career. He also earned All-American accolades last spring after he placed third at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Devine, Remitz and the rest of the BSU trackand field teams
return to action April 7 when they travel to St. Paul, Minn.
to compete in the Hamline Invitational--the first event of
the 2007 outdoor season.
A complete list of participating athletes and real time results can be viewed at: http://www.ncaasports.com/track-and-field/recaps/indoor/d2/2007