Remitz breaks hammer throw record in first day of NSIC Track and Field Championships
Friday, May 9, 2008
WAYNE, Neb. - Chelsea Geisler (Jr., Coleraine, Minn.) and Jon Clemons (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) garnered All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors to pace Bemidji State University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams in the first day of the 2008 NSIC Championships in Wayne, Neb. Senior thrower Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) finished third in the hammer throw setting a new BSU record in the event along the way.

Geisler's season-best javelin mark of 124-feet led the way for the BSU women grabbing eight points for the team with second place.

M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.) hauled in all-conference honorable mention honors placing third in the long jump. The senior cleared a season-best 17-10.75 in the event.

Also placing for the Beavers in day one of the championship was Angela Winsor (Jr., Grove City, Minn.). Winsor cleared 10-04.25 in the pole vault to finish fifth.

In the first relay race of the event, BSU's team of Jamie LeDuc (Jr., International Falls, Minn.), Genna Ironi (Sauk Centre, Minn.), Becca Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.), and Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) clocked a time of 9:59.72 to cross the finish line in sixth place.

Clemons led the way for the BSU men placing second in the high jump leaping over 6-02.00.

Remitz may not have won a hammer throw conference championship, but he took third with style provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championships with a school-record toss of 177-00. He stretched the tape more than three feet beyond Adam Wilson's 2006 BSU-record mark (174.02.)

Fellow senior Tommy Crummy (Argyle, Minn.) also reeled in an All-NSIC Honorable Mention finish in the pole vault clearing 15-04.25--that's 10 inches above his best mark of 2008.

In relay action, BSU's Tyler Lange (Nicollet, Minn.), Abe Hartsell (Fr., Alexandria, Minn.), Collin McGregor (Fr., Walker, Minn.), and Josh Letofsky (Fr., Osseo, Minn.) took sixth with a 4x800-meter time of 8:18.06.

University of Mary (N.D.) leads the women's team competition with 87 points. Minnesota State University-Moorhead is in second with 66 points for second place while Wayne State College is in third with 41. Fourth place belongs to Winona State University (32) with Concordia University-St. Paul in fifth with 20 points and Northern State University three points behind BSU (18) in seventh with 15 points

On the men's side of the competition, WSC heads into day two as the team-championship front-runner with 83 points. Northern State is 31 points back in second with 52, just one point ahead of MSU-Moorhead which is in third (51). U-Mary (N.D.) finished day 1 5.50 points ahead of the Beavers (33) to hold down fourth and Concordia University-St. Paul rounds out the competition in seventh.

Championship competition continues tomorrow at Memorial Stadium/Bob Cunningham Field. Field events are set to begin at 12 p.m. with the track set to heat up with the 4x100-meter relay at 1:20 p.m.