Seniors Brad Wall and Michelle Coombs are May Scholar-Athletes

Previous Big Sky Conference champs will represent EWU at next week’s league championships in Forest Grove, Ore.

A pair of senior athletes from the Eastern Washington University track and field team – sprinter Brad Wall and javelin thrower Michelle Coombs – have been selected as EWU’s Scholar-Athletes for the month of May.

Wall is a journalism major with a 3.54 grade point average, and graduated in 2008 from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash. Coombs has a 3.53 GPA as a psychology major, and is a 2008 graduate of Hermiston (Ore.) High School.

Both have previously won Big Sky Conference championships for Eastern, and will represent the Eagles at the Big Sky Conference Championships May 8-11 in Forest Grove, Ore. Wall and Coombs have also won numerous Big Sky All-Academic honors in their careers at EWU, as well as earning All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Wall has won a trio of Big Sky Conference titles in his career, including outdoor titles in 2010 and 2011, and an indoor crown in 2011. He was also a member Eastern’s 4x400 relay team which won the indoor title in 2012 with a school-record time of 3:11.04.

This season, Wall has qualified for the Big Sky Championships in both the 400 and the 200. His season best in the 400 of 47.42 ranks second in the Big Sky and came in a second-place finish at the Duane Hartman Invitational. He qualified in the 200 at the All-Idaho Cup with a time of 21.88.

In addition, Wall has been a member of relay teams this spring which have recorded times of 3:12.44 in the 4x400 (fourth-best in school history) and 41.45 in the 4x100 (ninth all-time at Eastern). Wall is the school record holder in the 400 outdoors with a time of 46.67 set in 2010, and is second indoors with a time of 47.07 set in 2012. He was also a member of Eastern’s record-setting 4x100 relay team outdoors in 2011 (40.46).

Coombs won the Big Sky title in the javelin as a freshman in 2009, and last year finished second. She threw a personal best of 164-9 in the javelin at the Duane Hartman Invitational, ranking her fourth in school history. She sits second in the conference, eighth in the Division I West Region and 14th in the nation with that performance.

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