Carolee Gutierrez Qualifies for the NCAA Division I Championships in the Javelin

May 25, 2007

Eastern Washington University track and field senior Carolee Gutierrez, earned an automatic berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championships by placing second out of 25 competitors in the javelin, with a throw of 175-7 at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

She set a new personal best and broke her own school and Big Sky Conference records of 167-9 she set earlier this season at the Al Manuel Invitational (March 31). Rachel Yurkovich of the University of Oregon took first with a throw of 178-9.

"She was going for the win and was a little short," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "She will be competing again in two weeks and hopefully she can pull it off at the NCAA Championships. What a fantastic meet for Carolee; every throw she took was great."

She will be competing tomorrow (March 26) in the discus along with teammate Bonnie Millard. Millard won the BSC Championships with a personal best throw of 155-0, to rank fourth in school history. The discus will start at 2:30 p.m.

Also competing tomorrow will be Sarah Hegna in the pole vault. Hegna was the second-place finisher in the Big Sky Conference for the second-straight season and holds the school record of 12-11 1/2. The pole vault begins at 12:45 p.m.

To earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships to be held in Sacramento, Calif. (June 6-9), an athlete must finish in the top five in their event at regionals. Only Kari McKay in the 10,000 (35:18.15) has ever placed in the NCAA Championships for the EWU women with a seventh-place finish in 1992.

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