March 5, 2007

Sarah Hegna Barely Misses Out on NCAA Championships

March 5, 2007

Senior David Paul for the Eastern Washington University track and field team was one of twelve athletes selected to compete at the NCAA Championships in the weight throw March 9 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Paul (Yelm, Wash.) will look to earn All-America honors by placing in the top eight among American competitors. He is currently ranked ninth in NCAA Division I with a throw of 68-8 1/2. That mark is a school record he set while earning All-Big Sky honors and placing first at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24.

The automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw was 70-6 1/2. Only four athletes obtained this mark, and the selection committee took 11 provisional qualifiers for a total of 15 who will compete for the championship.

The weight throw will take place at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on March 9. A complete list of competitors in the weight throw is listed below.

Senior Sarah Hegna, (Arlington, Wash.) competed at the University of Washington Last Chance Qualifier in Seattle, Wash., last weekend, looking to improve her mark in the pole vault in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Hegna had a vault of 13-0 1/4, but missed on three attempts at 13-6 1/2. She is ranked 18th in Division I with a season best jump of 13-4 1/2. The cut-off mark for the NCAA Championships was 13-5 1/4, barely leaving Hegna out of the running for the championship.

Hegna holds the school record at 13-4 1/2 that is also the fourth best vault in Big-Sky history. She earned All-Big Sky honors for the fourth consecutive year by placing second at this year's indoor championships at 12-9.

Curtis Suver broke the school record in the 3,000 meters Saturday (March 3) at the University of Washington Last Chance Qualifier.

The senior from Covington, Wash., had a 8:08.06 time to place second at the meet and break the school record of 8:11.26 set by John Timeus last season. Suver's previous best was 8:24.93, which had ranked fifth in school history.

Suver earned All-Big Sky Conference honors at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 by placing third in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14:56.70.

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