Beavers fare well versus talent-laden field at Bison Open
Sunday, April 13, 2008
FARGO, N.D. - Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) stretched the tape to 173 feet 11 inches in the hammer throw Sunday at the Bison Open to provisionally qualify for the 2008 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships while Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) and M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.) each placed in multiple events to pace the Bemidji State University contingent in a field sprinkled with student-athletes hailing from NCAA Division I and Division II institutions.

For Remits, the provisionally qualifying mark in the hammer was good for second place in the meet and comes just a week after the five-time All-American posted a qualifying mark in the shot put. However, the second place finish was not the only time the senior found his way to the awards podium, he also took first place in the shot put out distancing the rest of the field by nearly eight feet with a mark of 58-06.50.

Remitz may have led the way for the BSU men, but he was not the only Beaver to experience success. Kyle Christianson (So., Park Rapids, Minn.) joined Remitz in the hammer throw placing sixth with a toss of 149-00.

Jon Clemens (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) grabbed fifth place in the high jump clearing 6-02.00 while sprinter Sam Boefferding (Fr., Marshall, Minn.) equaled his season-best mark in the 400-meter dash clocking a time of 51.52 to place sixth and distance man Christopher Miles (So., Leroy, Minn.) finished the 5,000-meter run in 17:08.70 to finish sixth and establish a new personal season-best time.

Buerkle headlined the Bemidji State women's performance taking first in the 400-meter dash with an 2008 NSIC-best time of 57.03 while she also finished the 200-meters in third posting her fastest time of the outdoor season (25.82).

Joining her with multiple top-six finishes was Tomberlin. The senior captured fourth place in the long jump, stretching the tape to an NSIC-best 17-06.25 and recorded fifth place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes crossing the tape in 12.96 and 26.79 respectively.

The Beavers also fared well in relay action as the team of Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.), Jamie LeDuc (Sr., International Falls, Minn.), Nicole Rawlings (So., Maplewood, Minn.) and Tomberlin placed third in the 4x100-meter relay with a total time of 50.57.

No team scores were tabulated for the meet.

The Beavers continue the outdoor season April 19 when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to participate in the Cobber Outdoor Open.