Buerkle and Remitz lead BSU dominance of Minot Open
Saturday, April 19, 2008
MINOT, N.D. - The Bemidji State University track and field teams dominated competition at the Minot Open Saturday at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, N.D. The Beavers garnered first place in 11 of the 36 events, posting season-best marks in nearly every event.

The tandem of Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) and Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) led the way for the Beavers as each took first in two events.

Buerkle blazed a trail for the BSU women. She took first in the 200-meter dash, breaking the tape in a season-best time of 25.52 and crossed the finish line in a time of 58.24 to win the 400-meters. In addition, she also ran a leg of a 4x400-meter relay team that took first at the meet clocking a time of 4:04.40--a mark just three-tenths of a second off of its best time of the season.

M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.), who also participated on BSU's first-place relay team, finished first in the long jump with a leap of 17-02.25. The senior also posted a season-best time in the 200-meter dash (26.44) to place third and took fourth place in the 100-meters recording a time of 12.92.

Also on the track, Genna Ironi (Fr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) captured first place with a 2008-best 2:26.36 in the 800-meter run while Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.) moved up to sixth place on the 2008 NSIC outdoor performance list in the 100-meter hurdles. She edged teammate Becca Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) by six one-hundredths to take first place in the event with a season-best time of 15.90. Dalton also finished on the heels of Pearl Walker (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) in the 400-meter hurdles taking third place with a time of 1:14.56.

The BSU women fared equally as well in the field events.

Angela Winsor (Jr., Grove City, Minn.) cleared her best height of the outdoor season to claim fist place in the pole vault. She stretched the tape to 10-feet, six-inches and climbed to fourth place on the NSIC performance list in the process.

Missy Kelsey (So., Bemidji, Minn.) threw the hammer more than 20 feet beyond her previous best mark of the season. Her first-place toss measured 147-09--good enough for the sixth spot on the NSIC-best list. The sophomore also took sixth in the javelin throw stretching the tape to 108-03.

On the men's side of the competition, Remitz placed in three throwing events to pace the Beavers. He took first in the shot put with a mark of 58-04.50 and out distanced the rest of the field by more than 20 feet in the hammer throw with a toss of 170-08. In addition, the senior, All-American took second place in the discus throw with a distance of 146-00.

Although Tommy Crummy (Sr., Argyle, Minn.) place third in the pole vault and the triple jump, his marks were not only personal campaign-bests, they were tops at BSU this outdoor season. In the pole vault he cleared 14-06.00 and recorded a triple jump that measured 41-10.00.

Senior Jon Clemens (Princeton, Minn.) posted solid marks in the jumping events as well. He took second place and recorded the NSIC's second-best height of 2008, clearing 6-04.00 in the high jump. He was also BSU's best performer in the long jump leaping 18-06.50 to finish fourth.

In all, the Beaver men and women combined for 39 top-six finishes at the open.

No team scores were tabulated for the event.

The Beavers continue the outdoor season April 22 when they travel to Fargo, N.D. to participate in the Bison Classic.