Friday, March 14, 2008

Roehrig, Remitz Earn USATF Minnesota Honors

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field announced that Liz Roehrig and Joe Remitz were named USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for March.

Roehrig, a University of Minnesota senior, set a U of M and Big Ten record in winning the pentathlon at the recent Big Ten Indoor Championships with 4,218 points. The two-time Gopher All-American became the first Minnesota athlete, male or female, to win four consecutive Big Ten individual titles in the same event/sport. Roehrig, a Chilton, Wisconsin native will compete in the pentathlon at this weekend’s NCAA Championships as the #2 seed in the event.

Remitz, a Bemidji State University senior, enters this weekend’s NCAA Division II Championships after taking home first place in the shot put event at all eight meets this indoor season and earning NSIC Male Field Athlete of the Year accolades for the second consecutive year. His throw of 59-07 1/2 successfully defended his NSIC shot put crown while adding over a foot to his previous season-best and school record. He also won the weight throw title with a school- and NSIC-record toss of 60-11 1/4. Remitz will compete this weekend at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships at Minnesota State University – Mankato, where he is seeded #3 in the shot put and #10 in the weight throw.

USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota. USA Track & Field is the governing body of the sport in the United States and the Minnesota Association of USATF sanctions and sponsors track and field, cross country, road racing, and racewalking events for athletes of all ages in the state.

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