Remitz posts record-shattering shot put mark at NSIC Championships
Saturday, May 10, 2008
WAYNE, Neb. - Less than 24 hours after setting a school record in the hammer throw in the first day of the 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field meet in Wayne Neb., senior Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) captured a shot put title and finished second in the discus throw en route to being named as the league's Male Field Athlete of the Year.

For the second time in as many days, Remitz posted record-setting marks at the championships. Today the senior not only posted a new BSU standard, he also put a new NSIC shot put mark in the books. His toss of 61-feet, six and three-quarter inches edged his own school record by 10 inches and erased a four-year-old conference mark set by University of Minnesota Duluth's Dan Soldner (58-05 3/4) by more than two feet. In addition he placed second in the discus throw, extending the tape to 149-06.

Also placing for the BSU men were Tommy Crummy (Sr. Argyle, Minn.) and Sam Bofferding (Fr., Marshall, Minn.). Crummy took sixth with a season-best 43-06 1/2 in the triple jump, while Bofferding clocked a 50.70, the Beavers' fastest 400-meter dash time of 2008, to finished in sixth place as well.

In addition, the 4x400-meter relay team of Bofferding, Kyle Nooker (Jr., Green Bay, Wis.), Tyler Lange (Fr., Nicollet, Minn.), and James Winsor (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.) recorded a time of 3:33.08 to cross the finish line in fourth.

The hosting Wayne State College Wildcats took the NSIC team title racking up 164 points. University of Mary (N.D.) finished second (156.50), third place belonged to Northern State University (135) and Minnesota State University-Moorhead posted 107 points to slide into fourth place in front of Concordia University-St. Paul (61.50). The Beavers rounded out the men's competition in sixth place with 58 points.

In women's championship competition, Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) captured her third consecutive NSIC shot put title with a 2008-best mark of 48-00 1/2.

Competing in just her second event of the season, the defending national champion climbed to seventh in the Division II rankings.

Kristi Buerkle (Forest Lake, Minn.) also posted a conference championship on day two of the league event. The sprinter finished first in the 400-meter dash with a season-best and provisional qualifying time of 56.43. In addition, she bettered her own Bemidji State 200-meter dash mark, taking second place with a time of 25.10.

The BSU women collected 48.50 points to cap the meet in fifth place. Mary (N.D.) captured the team title with a score of 214.50 followed by MSU-Moorhead (145), Wayne State (106) and Winona State University (103). Northern State (37) and Concordia-St. Paul (28) rounded out the championship in sixth and seventh place respectively.

The meet marks the conclusion of the 2008 outdoor season for the majority of the BSU track and field team. But for Buerkle, Devine, Remitz, and Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.), who have each provisionally or automatically qualified for the NCAA DIvision II Track and Field Championships in their respective events, there is still a lingering chance to compete. The NCAA will narrow the qualified field and extend invitations to the May 22-24 meet in Pamona Calif. next week. Devine and Remits are national championship veterans while a trip west would be the first for the speedy Buerkle or the multi-talented Preble.