Remitz posts nation's third-longest shot put mark of 2008 at Lake Superior Challenge
Sunday, February 17, 2008
DULUTH, Minn. - All-American thrower Joe Remitz (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) captured a pair of throwing titles Saturday at the Lake Superior Challenge at Barnes Wellness Commons in Duluth, Minn. leading the Beavers to one of their best collective efforts of the season. Remitz's season-best effort of 57-08.25 not only earned him first place in the shot put, it also betters his own Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference best distance of 2008 and stands as the nation's third-longest shot put mark of the season.

Remitz was one of four BSU student-athlete to gain a first-place finish at the meet. Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) paced the women's team garnering top prize in both the 200- (26.19) and 400-meter dashes netting her best time of the season and moving to third on the 2008 NSIC honor roll in the 400 (58.80). Defending NCAA Division II shot put champion Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) posted first place in the shot put event (48-04.50) while Jon Clemons (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) out jumped the field in the men's high jump (6-03.25).

Other notable performances for the BSU women included: M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.) stretching the tape to a season-best 17-02.25 in the long jump--the league's fourth-longest jump of the 2008 and a trio of fourth-place finishers. Nicole Friend (Sr., International, Falls, Minn.) registered the NSIC's eighth-best time in the 800-meter run with a 2:23.55; Brittany Becker (Fr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) was fourth to cross the finish line in the 1,000-meters posting a time of 3:25.76 and Sara Dalton's (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.) 8.95 was good for fourth in the 55-meter hurdles. In addition, Devine garnered fourth place in the weight throw with a measurement of 50-07.50.

On the men's side of things Sam Bofferding (Fr., Marshall, Minn.) captured second place in the 400-meters clocking a time of 52:13. Sophomore jumper Nate Bahr (Clearbrook, Minn.) also finished second at the challenge with a 2008-best mark of 42-06.75 in the triple jump. The mark moved him up to eighth place on the NSIC indoor honor roll for the year.

James Windsor (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.) clocked his best time of the seasons in the 400-meters coming in on the heels of teammate Bofferding in a fourth-place time of 52.51. Lastly, Kurt Etchison (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) topped his season-best pole vault height clearing 13-07.25 to finish fourth in the event.

Sunday, a handful of BSU student-athletes travel to Aberdeen, S.D. to open the 2008 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships' multi-event competition. The women will complete all five events of the pentathlon while the men will complete four of the pentathlon events. Multi-event competition will conclude Monday. Individual points earned in the competition will be put towards NSIC Championship team totals

The remainder of the 2008 NSIC Championships will take place Feb. 29 and Mar. 1 at BSU's own Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.

Bemidji State is in the stretch run of its 2008 indoor schedule. In addition to this weekend's action, the team will host the Bemidji State Twilight at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 as a final tune-up for the league championships.