BSU contingent takes part in "America's Athletic Classic"
Friday, April 25, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior, All-American thrower Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) and the Bemidji State University women' 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams opened a busy weekend in Beaver Track and Field Friday at the 99th annual Drake Relays Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Although Remitz turned in the Beavers' best finish at the prestigious meet, it was BSU's 4x400-meter relay team that came away from the event with the most to be proud of.

The 4x400-meter team of M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.), Jamie LeDuc (Jr., International Falls, Minn.), Becca Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) shaved nearly three seconds off its 2008-best time to finish in 4:00.79. The mark was not only good enough for fifth place in the third heat and 15th overall, it also accounted for the fourth-best time during this Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor season.

Tomberlin, Hougen and Buerkle also joined forces with teammate Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.) to compete in the 4x100-meter relay. BSU women again took fifth place in the third heat crossing the finish line in a time of 50.15--a time good for 17th overall.

Remitz, BSU's only male to compete Friday, recorded a distance of 53-11.75 in the shot put. The mark was well off his season-best and school-record mark of 60-4 set at the Cobber Twilight, April 16, but was good enough for a share of 11th place among some of the elite NCAA Division I and II throwers in the country.

The same six student-athletes will be in action again tomorrow when they travel to St. Peter, Minn. to participate in Gustavus Adolphus College's Drake Relay Alternative Meet. Sunday, the BSU quartet of Hougen, Pearl Walker (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.), Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) and Reghy Gelo (International Falls, Minn.) will head west to Aberdeen, S.D. to get the 2008 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships underway when they take part in the conference multi event championships.