May 11, 2007
Eastern Washington University senior David Paul broke the Big Sky Conference record and the Eastern school record with a throw of 226-2 in the hammer throw at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pocatello, Idaho.
"David had a fabulous throw," said men's head coach Stan Kerr. "He just crushed the Big Sky record. His work ethic is a solid testimony to a solid performance. He is the shining star in the throws right now and deservedly so. I have appreciated his intensity and competitiveness throughout his career."
"David had a great meet," said women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "His hammer throw was really fun to watch. The whole crowd was into it and in the finals his last throw was over 220 feet. It was an awesome series. I couldn't have asked for a better meet for him."
The previous conference record was 219-8 set by Karima Chester of Northern Arizona back in 2005. Paul broke his own school record of 216-11 by 10 feet, which he set earlier this year. His new mark now ranks him sixth in the country.
Paul, the defending BSC outdoor champion in the discus, successfully defended his title with a throw of 179-3. His personal best throw of 185-0 thrown earlier this season, ranks him second in school history.
Chad Butorac took first in the prelims for the 400 with a personal best 47.60 that ranks him sixth all-time in Eastern history. The finals for the 400 will be tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. pst.
"Chad had a great race and put himself in the drivers seat for the gold medal tomorrow," said Kerr.
Also making tomorrow's finals is freshman Nick Mundell in the 400 hurdles with a time of 55.80. The 400-meter hurdles finals will be at 1 p.m. pst.
"Nick didn't run as fast as he wanted too," Kerr added. "He did get that eighth spot and is looking forward to it. Now he can relax. We will see how he does in the finals tomorrow, as it is anybody's contest."
Placing eighth and earning a point for the team was Steven Bacon with a long jump of 22-3 3/4.
In the 100, Steve Keith ran a personal best time of 10.93. His previous personal best was 11.01.
In team scoring, the Eastern Washington men are currently in fifth place with 21 points. Final day of competition will be tomorrow (May 12), with the first event being the women's hammer throw at 9 a.m. pst.
For complete results and a schedule for the rest of the meet, visit http://isubengals.cstv.com/2007BigSkyOutdoorTrack.html.