Eastern’s Paula Gil-Echevarria to Compete in World Junior Championships in Eugene Tomorrow, July 24

Eagle sophomore-to-be won Spain's title in the steeplechase earlier this month and will compete tomorrow, July 24, at Hayward Field


Paula Gil-Echevarria will represent Eastern Washington University and Spain tomorrow, July 24, at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., after winning her country's steeplechase title earlier this month.

She will compete in the semifinals in Eugene Thursday, July 24, with the finals taking place two days later. She came to EWU from Madrid, Spain, to compete as a freshman in the 2013-14 season.

She had a time of 10:47 earlier this month after having a season-best time of 10:29.03 on May 2 in Corvallis, Ore. She went on to finish fifth at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., to complete a 1-3-5 finish for the Eagles. She also placed ninth in the Big Sky in the 1,500 and was eighth indoors in the mile run.

Her top times so far at Eastern are 2:17.35 in the 800 (indoors), 4:34.11 in the 1,500 and 5:00.50 in the mile. Her 10:29.03 time in the steeplechase is third in school history behind teammates Catie Arrigoni (10:14.99) and Katie Mahoney (10:17.34).

Gil-Echevarria also competed in cross country last fall, finishing 25th at the league championships (second among EWU runners). She earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors three times this past year in cross country, and both indoors and outdoors in track and field.

While in high school in Madrid, she had personal bests in the 800 of 2:13.80 and in the 1,500 of 4:41.42. She was second in the 1,500 at the Spain National U19 Championships.
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