Beavers compete at UWS Blizzard Open
Monday, January 28, 2008
SUPERIOR, Wis. - The Bemidji State University track and field teams traveled to Superior, Wis. Saturday to participate in the University of Wisconsin-Superior Blizzard Open. The Beavers claimed 11 first-place finishes including Kristi Buerkle's (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) meet-record in the 400-meter dash and Joe Remitz's (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) season-bests in the weight throw and shot put.

Buerkle's meet-record of 59.84 in the 400-meer dash highlighted a group of five women who each won their respective events. Sheena Devine (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) out distanced the rest of the field in the shot put and weight throw with distances of 47 feet, 4 1/2 inches and 51-04.25 respectively while M'Kelle Tomberlin (Sr., Cohasset, Minn.) took top prize in the long jump stretching the tape to 16-02.50 and finished second in the 200-meter dash clocking her best time of the season, 27.53.

Also taking home top honors for the BSU women were Nicole Friend (Sr., International Falls, Minn.) and Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.). In addition to Friend grabbing first place in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:20.95, she also nabbed fourth place in the long jump with a season-best leap of 15-05.00. Dalton posted a 60-meter hurdles victory (9.66) while she was sixth in the 60-meter dash (8.52).

In men's competition, Remitz's wins in the shot put (55-10.25) and the 35-pound weight throw (59-06.25) not only garnered him a pair of first place finishes, the performances improved his handle on the best marks in the NSIC in 2007-08 and slid him up to sixth in all of NCAA Division II in both events.

Three other BSU men also gained victories in their respective events. Sam Bofferding (Fr., Marshall, Minn.) broke the tape in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.20 while Jon Clemons (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) cleared 6-02.00 to claim first in the high jump and Nate Bahr (So., Clearbrook, Minn.) recorded a jump of 41-11.25 in the triple jump.

The Beavers are back in action this weekend (Feb. 2) when they travel west to Fargo, N.D. to participate in North Dakota State University's Bison Open.