David Paul Qualifies for NCAA Division I Championships in the Hammer

May 25, 2007

Eastern Washington University track and field senior David Paul, earned an automatic berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championships by placing fifth in the hammer throw (213-7) at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

Paul holds the Eastern and Big Sky Conference records of 226-2, which he set earlier this season at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships (May 9-12). The first place throw at regionals was 221-6 by Brian Richotte of the University of Oregon.

Sophomore Chad Butorac had a seventh-place finish in the 400 preliminaries and will be competing tomorrow in the finals. Start time for the 400 finals is 2:45 p.m.

Joining Paul and Butorac in competing tomorrow will be Chad Chambers in the high jump and Tyler Cathey in the javelin. Chambers qualified for regionals in the high jump with a career best jump of 6-10 3/4 at the Vandal Outdoor Jamboree (May 5). He placed fifth at the BSC Championships and is ranked eighth in school history. The high jump will begin at 2:07 p.m.

Cathey had a fourth place finish at the BSC Championships with a throw of 210-7 to rank him eighth in school history. At the 2006 BSC Championships Cathey placed second as a freshman. At the 2006 West Regional Championships Cathey had a throw of 195-10 with a 20th place finish. The javelin will begin at 11 a.m.

To earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships to be held in Sacramento, Calif. (June 6-9), an athlete must finish in the top five in their event at regionals. The only other athletes in Eastern history to compete at the NCAA Championships are: Alex Moon who finished 26th in 2006 in the 400 hurdles (51.38), Ryan Cole who in 2001 placed eighth in the javelin (223-3) and in 1999 placed 15th (211-3); and Greg Jones who took second in the high jump (7-3) back in 1986.

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