Oct. 31, 2006
After top ten finishes at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships Oct. 28 in Sacramento, Calif., both Paul Limpf and Curtis Suver earned All-Big Sky honors for the Eastern Washington University men's cross country team.
Limpf, a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., finished seventh on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 24:45.8.
"Paul found out he isn't a fan of the heat," said head coach Chris Zeller. "He managed to keep his composure and literally willed himself to finish seventh. It was a really gutsy race."
Suver, a junior from Maple Valley, Wash., finished eighth, just a second behind Limpf (24:46.7).
"Curtis proved to himself he is ready to make the next step. We had been waiting for him to have this race. If they are feeling it, there is no telling what the two of them can do," added Zeller.
As a team, the men finished in seventh place overall. The women, led by Mattie Bridgmon in 12th, finished sixth.
"They now have their eyes on nationals, which is something that will certainly be a focus next year. Everyone seems to be running their best right now, which is of course the goal. I'm really happy for them. They have put a lot of work in this season and now it is paying off," Zeller said.
Both the men and women will compete Nov. 11 in Troutdale, Ore. at the NCAA West Regional. Limpf and Suver will need to finish in the top 25 to be considered for participation in the NCAA Country Country Championships to be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.