Senior becomes second male in school history to compete at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships
Paul Limpf of the Eastern Washington University men’s cross country team placed 73rd out of 252 runners on Monday (Nov. 24) in Terre Haute, Ind., at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
He had a time of 30:39.3 on the 10,000-meter course as he made his first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. He had hoped to finish in the top 40 to earn All-America status.
"I think I did all right," said Limpf. "I was hoping for a little better finish, but last year I wasn’t even here or even close. So I feel really excited."
"It was a national championship and taking 73rd is awesome," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "We were hoping he would finish a little higher, but 73rd was good for his first national meet."
Limpf, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., is the second male to compete at the Championships. The only other male to compete was Brandon Fuller, who finished 132nd with a time of 31:05.8 in 2003.
The only other Big Sky Conference team to compete at the NCAA Championships was Northern Arizona, which finished sixth as a team. The top runner for NAU was David McNeill, who finished 15th with a time of 29:53.0.
At the NCAA West Regionals in Stanford, Calif., on Nov. 15, Limpf finished 11th on the 10,000-meter course with a time of 29:17.47. Last year, he was 45th at regionals with a time of 31:17.40 and was 53rd as a sophomore in 2006 with a time of 31:49.91.
At the Big Sky Conference Championships in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 1, Limpf helped the men’s cross country team to a best-ever third place finish. He had a time of 23:34.9 to finish fourth in the 8,000-meter men’s race to trail winner David McNiell of team champion Northern Arizona by just 14.9 seconds. Last year, Limpf finished fifth with a time of 24:34.1 and in 2006 he was seventh to earn All-Big Sky honors for three years in a row.