Feb. 24, 2007
David Paul was named the Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the weight throw for the Eastern Washington University track and field program Saturday (Feb. 24) on the final day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Bozeman, Mont.
Paul, a senior from Yelm, Wash., earned All-Big Sky honors with a throw of 68-8 1/2 that broke his own school record by more than a foot. His mark is currently ranked seventh in NCAA Division I as he exceeded the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 62-4. He placed second at last year's championships.
Joining Paul by earning All-Big Sky honors was Chad Butorac, a sophomore from Northport, Wash., and Jeff Kaune, a sophomore from Gig Harbor, Wash. Butorac placed second in the 400 with a time of 48.65. Last season Butorac finished fourth.
Kaune, who finished fifth at last year's meet, jumped 48-7 1/4 to place second this season. The jump was a personal best for Kaune and ranks him fifth all-time at Eastern.
Matt Ludwigson, a senior from Auburn, Wash., placed sixth in the heptathlon with a school-record point total of 4,951. The previous record was 4,747 by David Sargent in 2005.
Senior Corey Lehosky (Gig Harbor, Wash.) threw a personal best 58-5 1/4 in the men's weight throw to place fifth and rank him eighth in school history.
Teanna Meinhold, senior from Colville, Wash., was the lone female to earn All-Big Sky honors on the final day by placing third in the triple jump at 38-4. Meinhold finished third in the triple jump in the 2005 outdoor season.
Amanda Faire, a senior from Ellensburg, Wash., now ranks seventh all-time at Eastern in the shot put with a personal best throw of 44-5 1/2 and eighth-place finish.
The NCAA Division I Indoor Championships will be held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.