Paul Named Field Athlete of the Meet

May 12, 2007

After winning the men's hammer throw and discus on day one of the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Eastern Washington University senior David Paul placed third in the shot put on the final day on his way to being named the field athlete of the meet in Pocatello, Idaho.

Paul had a throw of 55-9 in the shot put. His personal best in that event is 56-10 ½, which ranks him fourth all-time at Eastern. On day one, Paul broke the Eastern and BSC record in the hammer throw, with a throw of 226-2 and is now ranked sixth in the nation. He also defended his title in the discus with a throw of 179-3.

"David winning athlete of the meet is a big example of how the meet went for us," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "A number of very strong individual performances were given by our athletes in this meet."

Earlier this year, Paul made the qualifying marks in all three events for the NCAA West Regional Championships next weekend in Eugene, Ore.

Chad Butorac won the men's 400 with a personal best time of 47.19 that ranks him second in school history. His previous personal best was a 47.60, which he ran yesterday in the prelims. By placing first, Butorac earns a spots in the NCAA West Regional Championships. Butorac was third in the men's 400 at last year's outdoor championships.

"Chad had a fabulous run," added Kerr. "This was his second year running the 400 in college, so his development is coming along faster than we expected. He becomes the guy to shoot for in conference in the 400 the next two years."

The 4 x 400 relay team of Chad Butorac, Josh Jones, Erik Walter and Jason Kirk finished third with a time of 3:16.

"The relay team ran a gusty race, and all four guys will be back next year," Kerr said.

The men's 4 x 100 relay took fifth with a time of 42.06. That relay team includes Butorac, Jones, Matt Ludwigson and Steve Keith.

At 6-6 ¾, senior Chad Chambers placed fifth in the men's high jump.

Also placing fifth was Curtis Suver with a time of 15:28.66 in the 5,000. Suver placed third in the 5,000 at the 2007 indoor championships.

"Curtis ran a gutsy race," said cross country coach Chris Zeller. "Nick Attwood (from Montana State) took it out hard from the start and tried to tire everyone out. Curtis looked to close that gap and reel him in. It was clear the heat affected everyone in the field, but Curtis was able to hold onto fifth place."

With a personal best pole vault of 15-7 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern, Ludwigson placed sixth.

Freshman Nick Mundell, who just made the finals by placing eighth in the prelims yesterday, finished seventh in the men's 400 hurdles finals with a time of 56.13.

"Anytime a freshman places it's a stellar performance," said Kerr. "The composure shown by our underclassmen made us very proud. They put up some great marks."

In the triple jump, Armand Hopkins (46-10 ¾) and Cameron Moore (46-8) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Junior Scott Banning earned a point for the team by placing eighth in the shot put with a throw of 52-3 ¼.

In team scoring, the men finished sixth with 72.8 points.

"It is a wonderful team to be a part of," Kerr added. "We are proud of everyone that made the trip to Pocatello. It is now time for reflection and new goal setting. We are already getting excited about next year."

Paul, Butorac and Cathey will compete at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore., May 25-26. The NCAA Championships will be held in Sacramento, Calif., June 6-9.

"Progression of the championship meets gets more difficult from conference to regionals to nationals," Kerr said. "Coaching is the easy part; just making sure each of the competitors stay mentally sharp in between. With David and Chad being seniors they have been through this and know what to expect. Chad is going in knowing he deserves to be there and if he has another race of his life he could make it to nationals."

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