May 26, 2007

Butorac Places Seventh in 400 Finals

May 26, 2007

Eastern Washington University track and field sophomore Chad Butorac, had a seventh place finish in the 400 (48.47) at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore. (May 25-26).

The top five finishers from each event automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships (June 6-9) in Sacramento, Calif. The remaining finalists in each event from the four regions will be compiled into a pool and six or seven of the next best times will also earn spots in the championships. With Butorac's seventh place finish on Saturday, he will be put into that pool and be considered for championships.

Butorac won the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships with a personal best time of 47.19 to rank second in school history.

Sophomore Tyler Cathey, the 21st place finisher at the 2006 regional championships, placed 11th in his flight and 16th overall with a throw of 189-0 in the javelin. He 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.

Also competing was Chad Chambers who qualified in the high jump with a career best jump of 6-10 3/4 at the Vandal Outdoor Jamboree (May 5). The senior placed fifth at the BSC Championships and is ranked eighth in school history.

In Friday's hammer throw, senior David Paul earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships by placing fifth with a throw of 213-7.

In team scoring, EWU finished 23rd with six points.

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