Five school records fall at the Beaver Twilight
Thursday, February 21, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Five Bemidji State University track and field records were broken Thursday at the Beaver Twilight. In addition to seven top finishers and multiple personal-best marks for the Beavers individually, Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.), Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) and the women's 4x400-meter relay teams each set new BSU marks in the meet.

All-American throw Remitz claimed first place in the shot put and the weight throw surpassing his own school-record marks in each. He stretched the tape to 58-01.75 in the shot put reaching eight inched beyond the old school mark while adding several inches to his longest throw of 2007-08 to rank third in all of NCAA Division II this season. The senior also moved up to 10th in the country in the 35-pound weight throw with a distance of 59-09.50, adding just half of an inch to the school record he set a year ago.

Defending NCAA Division II shot put champion Devine also took first place in the shot put and weight throw. She added over two-feet, seven-inches to the previous school weight throw record with a toss of 55-09.25. The throw also helped her jump up to 10th in the country from 28th place. Although her shot put mark of 49-01.75 was short of her season-best, it was good enough for first in the meet.

The 4x400-meter relay team of M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.), Nicole Friend (Sr., International Falls, Minn.), Rebecca Hougen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) was also a bright spot for the Beavers. The team shaved almost seven seconds off its fastest time of the season breaking the tape in a school-record time of 4:00.39.

Angela Winsor (Jr., Grove City, Minn.) moved up to third on the NSIC's top 10 list clearing an extra 10 inches with a season-best 10-10.00 pole vault mark. The height also breaks her own school record set during the 2005 season by an inch.

Tomberlin and Friend each placed second for the Beavers. In her first attempt at the 400-meter dash this season, Friend posted a 59.47 with stands at No. 7 on the NSIC's honor roll in 2007-08. Tomberlin added nine inches to her season-best long jump mark moving up to fourth on the list with a jump of 17-11.00.

On the men's side of things, Jon Clemens (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) cleared 6-06.00 in the high jump on his way to first place in the meet. His best jump of the season, he heads into next week's championships ranked second in the NSIC.

Tyler Lange (Fr., Nicollet, Minn.) posted BSU's best 600-meter dash time of the season taking first in the event in a time of 1:27.34.

Sam Bofferding (Fr., Marshall, Minn.), Lee Morberg (Sr., Alvarado, Minn.), Nate Bahr (So., Clearbrook, Minn.) and Zac Preble (So., Coleraine, Minn.) finished second in their respective events. Bofferding recorded the best 400-meter dash time of his career and moved up one spot to ninth on the NSIC list with a 51.86. Morberg also jumped up a spot and into seventh among his league counterparts in the pole vault clearing 13-05.25 in the meet. Bahr's triple jump of 42-09.50 stands as his season-best and 2008 NSIC Heptathlon Champion Preble placed second in the shot put with a toss of 48-00.75.

In all, the meet featured student-athletes from the College of St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Superior, NSIC foe University of Mary (N.D.) and BSU.

The Beavers will now be idle in preparation for the 2008 NSIC Championships set for the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center Feb. 29 and Mar. 1.