March 31, 2007
David Paul and the Eastern Washington University track and field team go 1-1 versus other Big Sky schools as Paul qualifies for NCAA West Regionals and six other EWU men qualify for Big Sky Conference Championships.
The Eastern men beat Montana State 103-89 and fell to Montana 98-96 in head-to-head competition with Big Sky schools at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont.
Eastern was led once again by senior David Paul (Yelm, Wash.) who placed first in all three of his events and qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26, Eugene, Ore.).
Paul broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a throw of 214-2. He broke the record last year with a throw of 204-5.
He also threw a 56-10 1/2 in the shot put which is the fourth best mark all-time in school history. His throw of 177-11 in the discus was two feet shy of his personal best 179-6, which is second all-time at Eastern, but most than eight feet further than the NCAA qualifying mark of 169-7.
The lone Big Sky Conference qualifier for the men in the running events was Chad Butorac (Northport, Wash.). The sophomore took first in the 200 (21.82) and second in the 100 (10.88) to qualify in both events. He was third at the 2006 BSC Outdoor Championships in the 400.
In the jumps, three Eagles qualified for the BSC Championships. Chad Chambers (Sr., Longview, Wash.) jumped 6-6 in the high jump to place third at the Al Manuel Invitational. Junior Cameron Moore (Spokane, Wash.) and sophomore Jeff Kaune (Gig Harbor, Wash.) took second and third in the triple jump with jumps of 44-10 3/4 and 44-9, respectively.
Next up for the Eagles is the 36th Annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash., April 6.