Pair of Athletes Finish in the Top 23 Saturday at National Championships

Coombs finishes 15th in the javelin at USA Championships and Smyth places 23rd in the 1,500 at Canadian Meet

Michelle Coombs and Alex Smyth of the Eastern Washington University track and field teams placed in the top 23 in their respective events as they competed at national championship track and field meets on Saturday (June 27).

Coombs placed 15th in the javelin at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., while Smyth finished 23rd in the 1,500 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. Through his father, Smyth holds residency in Canada as well as the United States.

Coombs, a freshman from Hermiston, Ore., had a mark of 150-5 in the field of 17 athletes. She is currently ranked third in school history with a throw of 163-1, which came when she won the Big Sky Conference title in May. She made her first appearance at the NCAA Championships in June and finished 25th with a throw of 142-6. She also finished sixth with a throw of 153-4 the NCAA West Regional Championships on May 30 in Eugene, Ore.

Smyth, a junior from Kent, Wash. (Sequim HS '06), had a time of 3:56.03 to finish 23rd out of 37 athletes. He currently ranks 10th in school history with a time of 3:51.24, which came at the Big Sky Conference Championships where he finished third. He finished seventh in the 1,600 with a time of 4:26.95 at the Big Sky Indoor Championships. He finished sixth at the 2009 Big Sky Cross Country Championships and went on to place 93rd at the NCAA West Regionals.

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