Devine and Remitz are among the NCAA Division II Championship field
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The final invitations have been delivered and it should be no surprise to followers of the Bemidji State University men's and women's track and field teams that defending NCAA Division II indoor shot put champion Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) and All-American Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) are among over 400 student-athletes that will compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships Mar. 14-16 in Mankato, Minn.

For the third consecutive season, both Devine and Remitz have qualified and been selected to participate in the shot put event at the national championship, but the 2008 event marks the first appearance by either of them in the hammer throw.

"This is the culminating event for Joe and Sheena's indoor careers at BSU," commented BSU head track and field coach Craig Hougen. "They have both been working towards this for a long time and they are going to do very, very well at the national meet in both events."

Although both have competed on the national stage in the past, this year brings extra excitement since the championships are taking place in their own back yard. Myers Fieldhouse on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato is home to this year's event breaking an eight-year string that the event has been housed at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Complex in Boston, Mass.

"Being in Mankato is a plus for us this year," added Hougen. "Since the meet is so close to home, Joe and Sheena's families will be able to attend as well as many current athletes, alumni and fans of the program."

Devine enters the meet after completing her second consecutive undefeated season. She has now participated in 20 straight events without being defeated by a single NCAA Division II athlete. Most recently, she is coming off a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship in which her throw of 51-07.75 not only broke her own school record, but also shattered an 18-year-old conference mark by more than six feet. She also cemented her place in the weight throw at the league championships stretching the tape to 57-04.75 to move up to 10th in the country while adding 19 inches to her own school record. For her efforts, she was named 2008 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year.

She enters the national championships less than an inch shy of the longest throw in the country this season to rank second in the shot put and is ranked 11th in the weight throw.

The indoor invitation is the third for Devine. In addition to gaining a national championship with a mark of 51-00.25 last season, she participated in the event in 2006 and finished just out of All-American contention in ninth place with a toss of 46-00.5.

Remitz enters the NCAA Division II Championships after taking home first place in the shot put event at all eight meets this indoor season and earning NSIC Male Field Athlete of the Year accolades for the second consecutive year. His throw of 59-07.50 successfully defended his NSIC shot put crown while adding over a foot to his previous season-best and school record. He also won the weight throw title with a school- and NSIC-record toss of 60-11.25.

He is currently slotted third in the country in the shot put and 10th in the weight throw.

Remitz is a four-time All-American. Not only has he placed in the top eight at each of the last two indoor championships, he has twice competed at the outdoor championships including a third place finish at the 2006 event.

Devine and Remitz are just two of a total of 15 representatives competing in the meet from member schools of the the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Advance tickets for the 2008 NCAA Division II Championships are available now. Adult tickets are $12, while youth tickets are $7. For additional ticket information call the Minnesota State Athletic Office at (507) 389-6111.

 

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