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BSU Athletes Earn Academic Honors This Spring

Several student-athletes earned academic honors this spring, including national honorees Sheena Devine, track and field; the women’s basketball team; and Zac Preble, track and field.

Sheena Devine, former Bemidji State track star from North Branch, MN, was named the Women’s 2008 Division II Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTF-CCCA) in July. She also was named to the 2008 USTF-CCCA Division II Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team that was com- prised of 222 student-athletes representing 69 Division II colleges and universities. A 2008 graduate, Devine was a five-time All-American, three-time national champion, and seven- time all-conference performer. She established school records in the indoor shot put and weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw and shot put.

The BSU women’s basketball team was named to the 2007-08 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Beavers carried a cumulative grade point average of 3.406 during the 2007-08 season to rank 20th in all of NCAA Division II women’s basketball.

Zac Preble, Bemidji State University decathlete from Coleraine, MN, was named to the 2008 Division II Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Preble was one of 109 student-athletes representing 44 Divi- sion II institutions of the men’s 2008 All-Academic squad. To qualify for the All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and met the NCAA Division II Indoor or outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event. Preble is the BSU and NSIC record-holder and two-time defending conference champion in the decathlon.

Twenty-two BSU student-athletes placed on the 211-member 2008 Spring Academic All- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Team. The Bemidji State spring contingent was led by the baseball team, which had seven players recognized for academic accomplishment. BSU also had six tennis players, five members of the softball team, three women’s outdoor track and field student-athletes, and one member from the men’s outdoor track and field team selected to the squad.

A total of 84 Bemidji State athletes earned recognition for their academic achievements during the 2007-08 academic year, including 53 Bemidji State student-athletes in NSIC athletic programs, 13 women’s hockey All-WCHA Academic team honorees, and a league- record 18 All-CHA Academic selections on the men’s hockey side.

Remitz Participates in U.S. Olympic Trials

Former Bemidji State University thrower Joe Remitz participated in the shot put at the U.S. olympic Trials in Eugene, oR, in late June. He was one of 25 athletes who competed for a spot on the Team USA participating in the 2008 olympic Games in Beijing. He did not advance to the finals of the Trials.

The largest national championship track meet in the world, the U.S. olympic Trials hosted more than 1,000 athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA at the olympic Games.

Remitz, who graduated from Bemidji State this spring, is the University’s most decorated male field athlete of all time. The seven-time All-American amassed seven individual conference champion- ships and 12 All-NSIC honors, was a two-time NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, and was the 2008 NSIC out- door Field Athlete of the Year. He also holds school records in four events.

Sarah Levesque Named Associate Director of Athletics

Bemidji State hired Sarah Levesque as associate director of athlet- ics. Levesque serves as the athletic department’s compliance officer and the senior women’s administra- tor. She began her BSU position in August.

“Sarah is a very good fit for this posi- tion,” said Dr. Rick Goeb, director of athletics at Bemidji State. “She has over five years of experience working compliance, while han- dling senior women administrator duties in a Division II setting at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.”

Funding for this newly established position at Bemidji State was awarded through a four-year grant from the NCAA. Bemidji State was one of six institutions in the country to receive the grant to further the advance- ment of women and minorities in collegiate athletic administration.


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