Gutierrez Takes Second in Javelin

May 11, 2007

Senior Carolee Gutierrez of the Eastern Washington University women's track and field team finished second in the javelin with a throw of 161-0 at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho.

Gutierrez is the current Eastern and Big Sky record-holder in the javelin at 167-9 and was ranked first in the conference going into the Championships. Montana State's Kim Berg, who won titles in 2004 and 2005, equaled her season best throw of 162-4 to win the event.

"She did great," said women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "She came in second, but to perform like that against a two-time conference champion says a lot. She had a really good meet."

In the shot put, freshman Erica Chaney placed fifth (43-4 ¼) while Gutierrez placed eighth (42-8), respectively.

"That was great to see a freshman come in fifth for the team," Mecklenburg added about Chaney. "That says a lot for her future. She is really going to do some good things for Eastern by the time she is a senior. It's pretty exciting."

"Another good thing that happened is Carolee scoring in the shot put," Mecklenburg said. "That puts her in position to score in four events, something a women has never done here at Eastern."

Senior pole vaulter Sarah Hegna placed second for the second straight year with a vault of 12-5 ½. Hegna is ranked second all-time in Eagle history at 12-11 ½. Defending Big Sky outdoor champion and this year's NCAA indoor champion Ellie Rudy of Montana State took first with a vault of 12-11 ½.

"Sarah did a great job," added Mecklenburg. "She finished her career in second. It was a close competition. She almost got the upset win but couldn't quite pull it out, but it was a good finish for her. She has been a steady competitor for us since day one and I'm going to miss her."

Mattie Bridgmon took fourth in the women's 10,000 with a time of 37:56.81 that ranks her fourth in school history.

"It is a distance-rich conference," said Mecklenburg of the Big Sky Conference. "For her to pull that off with such good competition says something about our distance runners and their coach Chris Zeller."

Freshman Krystal Deyo had a personal best time of 11.98 in the 100 prelims and will advance to tomorrow's finals. Her time now ranks her seventh in school history. The 100 finals will run at 11:50 a.m. pst.

In team scoring, the Eastern Washington women are currently in eighth with 27 points. Final day of competition will be tomorrow (May 12), with the first event being the women's hammer throw at 9 a.m. pst.

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