Paul Places 14 at USA Championships

June 22, 2007

Eastern Washington University track and field athletes Erica Chaney, David Paul, and Carolee Gutierrez competed at the USA Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., IU Michael A. Carroll Track and Field Soccer Stadium, IUPUI (June 22).

Gutierrez and Paul participated in the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She finished fourth of 18 in the javelin with a throw of 173-3, just off her record of 175-7. Paul had a throw of 215-10 in the hammer to place 14th.

Gutierrez, a 2002 graduate of Newport (Wash.) High School, made her first appearance at the national level at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships (June 6-9). She had an eighth-place finish in the javelin (161-10), becoming just the second female in Eastern history to earn All-America honors. She placed second with a throw of 175-7 at the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26), which set a personal best and broke her own school and Big Sky Conference record.

A 2002 graduate of Yelm (Wash.) High School, senior Paul has made huge strides in the hammer since his freshman season. Paul had the best throw of his career of 226-2 to win the 2007 Big Sky Conference Championships (May 9-12) in Pocatello, Idaho. He then had a throw of 213-7 at the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26) to finish fifth.

Paul made his second appearance at the NCAA Championships and placed 25th in the hammer (189-10). At the 2007 Indoor Championships, Paul finished 14th in the weight throw (63-1 1/4).

He had a school-record toss of 204-5 as a junior last season. His best as a sophomore was 188-1 and, as a freshman, he had a top mark of 147-11

Freshman Chaney, a native of Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep High School), finished 17th with a throw of 119-0 in the javelin at the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She is currently ranked 11th in Eastern record books in the javelin (136-5).

She had a throw of 43-2 1/2 in the shot put to finish 17th on June 21. Her best throw of the year (44-9 1/2) came at the Vandal Outdoor Jamboree (May 4) to place her sixth in Eastern's record books.

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