Field athletes prosper at Wisconsin-Superior DQ Blizzard Open
Monday, January 29, 2007
SUPERIOR, Wis. - Field events continue to be a strength for the Bemidji State University indoor track and field teams as the Beavers participated in the University of Wisconsin-Superior DQ Blizzard Open Saturday (Jan. 27). BSU placed first in five field events including Sheena Devine, (Jr., Harris, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (Jr., North Branch, Minn.) who respectively took home top honors in the women's and men's shot put and stay among the nation's top five distances in the event.

Devine paced the BSU women at the meet recording a throw of 48-6 3/4 in the shot put, surpassing her season-best distance and extending the tape nearly a meter three feet further than her closest competitor. She currently stands as the NSIC's top shot putter and ranks second in all of NCAA Division II.

Devine also competed in the weight throw. She captured second place with a throw of 49-5 1/2.

Angela Miller (Jr., Grove City, Minn.) also stood out for BSU as she took home top honors in the pole vault. Her height of 10-6 is her top vault of 2006-07 and ranks sixth in the NSIC this season.

The Beaver women also showed well in the long jump. M'Kelle Tomberlin (Jr., Cohasset, Minn.) jumped 17-2 3/4 for second place edging fellow BSU jumper Nicole Friend (Jr., International Falls, Minn.) who finished third with a distance of 16-6 1/2.

The tandem of Tomberlin and Friend carried its success to the track. Tomberlin took fourth in both the 60-meter (8.45) and 200-meter (28.30) dashes while Friend's 1:02.00 was good for fourth in the 400-meeter dash.

Breanne Wionaroicz (Jr., Stephen, Minn.) ran a 28.20 in the 200-meeter dash to place third and also ended in fifth in the 60-meter dash in a time of 8.49.

In the women's hurdle events, Becca Hougen (So., Bemidji, Minn.) paced the BSU effort claiming fourth place in the 60-meter event with a time of 10.19 and crossing the line in fourth in the 200-meter event (33.39).

On the men's side, the Beavers finished first in four events headlined by a first place finish in the shot put by Remitz. His toss of 55-11 not only garnered him top honors in the event by over five feet, it was also his best throw of the season and moved him up to fifth place on the 2007 NCAA Division II performance list. He also took fourth in the weight throw with a toss that measured 53-10 1/3.

Claiming the top spots in the jumping events were Jon Clemons (Jr., Princeton, Minn.) and Tommy Crummy (Sr., Argyle, Minn.). Clemons cleared his best height of 6-4 in the high jump to claim top prize while his height currently sits in the number three spot in the NSIC. He was joined in first place by Crummy who posted a height of 14-5 1/2 to win the pole vault.

Todd Zeidler (Sr., Plentywood, Mont.) rounds out BSU's top finishes earning first-pace in the 800-meter run. He broke the tape in a time of 2:00.22 for BSU only top finish in a running event earning sixth place on the NSIC 2007 performance list.

The Bemidji State track and field teams will be back in action this weekend (Feb. 3) as they travel to Aberdeen, S.D. for the Northern State University Open.