Defending NCAA Champion Devine cements spot in 2008 national meet
Saturday, January 19, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center was bursting at the seams Saturday as the Bemidji State University track and field teams rung in the new year by hosting the Super 8 Open at the Gillett Fitness and Recreation Center. In all nine teams form across the region participated in the event including Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foes such as University of Mary and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The Beaver women were led by senior All-American and defending shot put champion Sheena Devine (North Branch, Minn.). The senior out distanced the rest of the competition with an automatic qualifying mark of 49-03.75 in the shot put while she took second in the weight throw with a season-best 52-07.25 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Mankato, Minn. March 14-15.

In addition to Devine, Kristi Buerkle (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.) placed well, crossing the finish line in a time of 26.33 in the 200-meter dash to take second. Fellow freshman Pearl Walker (Bemidji, Minn.) garnered third place in the pentathlon netting 2,274 points while Sara Dalton (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn.) took third in the 55-meter hurdles posting a time of 8.94.

Bemidji State had positive finishes across the board, but a trio of male student-athletes shown the brightest for BSU. Jon Clemons (Sr., Princeton, Minn.) captured first place in the high jump by two inches with a leap of 6-4.75. Fellow senior and returning All-American thrower Joe Remitz (North Branch, Minn.) earned wins in both the shot put and weight throw stretching the tape 55-10.50 and 59-00.25 respectively. Both were provisionally qualifying marks. Finally sophomore Zac Preble (Coleraine, Minn.) showed to be the most versatile of the bunch earning a victory in the heptathlon with a score of 4,742.

The Bemidji State track and field teams will be in action again next weekend (Jan. 25-26). A handful of participants will head to Moorhead, Minn. to participate in the Concordia Multi Friday while the complete team will be in competition on the opposite eastern boarder of the state Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Invitational.