Provisional marks highlights BSU's trip to MSU Pre-Season Open
Saturday, December 9, 2006
MANKATO, Minn. - [results - men/women] Joe Remitz (Jr., Cass Lake, Minn.) provisionally qualified for the 2007 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put and Sheena Devine (Jr., Harris, Minn.) posted an automatic qualification in the shot put and shattered BSU's weight throw record as the Bemidji State University Indoor teams got an early jump on the 2006-07 season Saturday at the Minnesota State University Preseason Open in Mankato, Minn.

Remitz's first place toss measured 52-03.25 and provisionally qualified him for his second consecutive trip to the national meet. Last year, he capped the indoor season by placing sixth and the national championships to earn All-American honors.

Remits also garnered fourth place in the weight throw with a distance of 53-01.5. He led a crew of three throwers who fared well in the meet. Justin Cox (Jr., Menahga, Minn.) took third in the shot put (47-11.75) and fifth in the weight throw (52-07.5) while Zach Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) rounded out the BSU field in the shot with a throw of 46-07.5.

Preble also cleared 13-01.50 to place sixth in the pole vault.

Other BSU men with top-six finishes included: Matt Bischoff (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) took sixth in the mile (4:38.49), Mike Hougan (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) finished the 60-metter hurdles in 9.04 to garner sixth place, and Jon Clemons took fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-02.75.

On the women's side of things, BSU athletes in field events led the way.

With a throw of 48-05.25 in the shot, Devine surpassed the automatic qualification mark (45-11.25) by more than two feet to solidify her second consecutive trip to Boston. She also used a 51-05.5 toss of the 20-pound weight to place third in the weight throw en route to breaking her own BSU record in the event. last winter the junior's best throw of 46-10.25 was good for the institution's top throw. In the first event this season, she has already extended that mark by nearly five feet.

Her performance in each event should place here near the top of the national performance list.

Junior M'Kelle Tomberlin (Cohasset, Minn.) earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 16-02.5.

Bemidji State will officially open the 2006-07 indoor track and field season at the Northwest Open Jan. 6 at the University of Minnesota. The team opens at home two weeks later (Jan.19-20) when the Beavers host the BSU Multi and Super 8 Open.