Devine and Remitz set to compete on national stage
Thursday, March 8, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - When the 2007 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field meet begins Friday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Mass., Bemidji State University will be well represented. Sheena Devine (Jr., Harris, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) have qualified in their respective events for this year's championship and begin their quest for a national championship crown Saturday.

For the second consecutive season, both Devine and Remitz have qualified and been selected to participate in the event, but with Devine entering the 2007 Championships as the top-rated female shot putter and Remitz coming off a 2006 indoor season in which he placed sixth in the shot to gain All-American honors, the pair of BSU student-athletes look to make a splash in Boston this weekend.

"Joe and Sheena are both high-quality athletes and have each experienced a tremendous amount of success this year," commented Bemidji State head track and field coach Craig Hougen. "I think they both have a great opportunity to represent Bemidji State well at the NCAA Championships, finish in the top eight and come back as All-Americans."

In addition to owning the best throw of the NCAA's 2007 indoor season at 49-09.75, Devine capped an undefeated regular season with an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship in the shot put while also gaining all-conference honors in the weight throw garnering second place.

The indoor invitation is the second for Devine. Last year she competed at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and finished just out of All-American contention in ninth with a toss of 46-00.5.

Remits enters the NCAA Division II Championships after taking home first place in seven of eight events this indoor season and earning NSIC Male Field Athlete of the Year accolades. His only non-first place finish came at the NSIC Indoor Championships, where despite posting his best throw of the season (57-00.25), he was out distanced by the University of Mary's Josh Obrigewitch for first place.

Remitz is a two-time All-American. Not only did he place sixth a year ago in Boston, he also earned outdoor honors last spring placing third in the shot at the National Championships.

Shot put action begins Saturday at 10 a.m. when Remitz, ranked sixth among the 14-man field, grabs the shot for his first attempt in flight one. Devine an the women begin competition at 12 p.m.

Top-eight finishers in each event will be named to the All-America Team.

A complete list of participating athletes and real time results can be viewed at: