Remitz earns All-American honors in weight throw
Friday, March 14, 2008
MANKATO, Minn. (Myers Field House) - Bemidji State University senior Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) earned his fifth All-American accolade of his career as he placed sixth in the men’s weight throw at the Myers Field House in Mankato, Minn. Friday morning. Teammate Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) earned a 11th place finish in the women’s weight throw.

In his third consecutive trip to the Indoor National Championships ,first in the weight throw, the senior bettered his own school record by 1-2.25 when he stretched the tape to 62-03.00 on his third attempt of the morning. That toss earned him sixth place in the event and etched his name as the first All-American in the weight throw at Bemidji State University. It was also the third consecutive All-American award for the indoor season and the fifth of his career.

“I feel great being able to earn All-American honors in the weight throw,” commented Remitz. “That atmosphere here is great, it is awesome to have the support of all my teammates and family and I think it helped add a couple feet to my longest throw.”

“We are very proud of Joe and what he was able to do in the weight throw being the first All-American in the weight,” said coach Craig Hougen. “He competed like a champion today and gave it everything he had, Joe into the event in 10th place and came out sixth so we are very proud of what he accomplished today.”

Devine entered the meet after winning the NSIC championships with a school record throw of 57-04.75 in the weight throw. Today she finished 11th with a throw of 54-07.50 in the women’s weight throw.

“Joe and Sheena didn’t start throwing the weight until they were sophomores in college,” said Hougen. “They both did very well and worked very hard in the weight throw this season and have made BSU proud.”

The 2008 championships conclude tomorrow. Remitz and Devine will both be in action as they will compete in the shot put tomorrow morning. The men’s shot put will start at 10 a.m. with the women’s shot put competition following at noon.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).