BEMIDJI, Minn. - Three Bemidji State University track and field athletes have been given invitations to compete at the 2008 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships held May 22-24 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Pamona, Calif. Seniors Sheena Devine (North Branch, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) qualified for the women's and men's shot put respectively, while Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) will compete in the decathlon.
Devine, a three time NCAA Division II shot put champion and four-time All-America honoree, will attempt to defend her outdoor national title beginning Friday at 5:55 p.m. She enters the meet ranked ninth in the 18-participant field and will throw out of the No. 8 slot of the second flight.
The 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference shot put champion participated in just two events this outdoor season due to an ankle injury suffered during the pre-season, but has recovered and is primed to peak in time for the NCAA meet.
The outdoor invitation is the third of its kind for Devine and marks the sixth time she competed at an NCAA National Track and Field Championship.
Remitz enters the NCAA Division II Championships after wrapping up a campaign during which the senior was undefeated versus D-II competition. The 2008 NSIC outdoor shot put champion and field athlete of the year is second on the NCAA performance list after measuring a school-record throw of 61-6 3/4 May 10 at the conference championship meet in Wayne, Neb.
Remitz already has six All-America honors to his name after posting five top-six finishes in the shot put events at the NCAA Division II Indoor (2006, 2007, 2008) and outdoor (2006 and 2007) championships while he also added a weight throw honor to his resume to conclude the 2008 indoor season.
Remitz is slated to begin competition in the first flight of the men's shot put Friday at 3:00 p.m.
First-time national championship participant Preble begins competition in the ten-event decathlon Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. He will participate in the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash on day one with the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run to follow Friday beginning at 10 a.m.
Preble, the BSU and NSIC record-holder and two-time defending conference champion in the decathlon (6,672 points), enters the championships ranked ninth in the field of 16.