June 6, 2007
Eastern Washington University track and field senior David Paul had a throw of 189-1 in the hammer throw to place him 25th out of 26 athletes at the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championships in Sacramento, Calif., (June 6-9).
"He didn't end like we hope he would have," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg.
This was Paul's second appearance at the NCAA Championships. At the 2007 Indoor Championships, Paul finished 14th in the weight throw (63-1 1/4).
Paul had a career best throw of 226-2 in the hammer at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Championships (May 9-12) in Pocatello, Idaho. The throw set new Eastern and BSC records. He then had a throw of 213-7 at the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26) to finish fifth and earn his spot to the NCAA Championships.
The 2002 graduate of Yelm High School (Wash.), has made huge strides in the hammer since his freshman season. He had a school-record toss of 204-5 as a junior last season. His best as a sophomore was 188-1 and, as a freshman, he had a best mark of 147-11.
"The accomplishments that he had were amazing and it will be a long time before someone comes to Eastern and does the same thing he did," Mecklenburg added. "We are very proud of him and will miss him next year."
Fellow teammate Carolee Gutierrez will be competing in the preliminaries of the javelin tomorrow Thursday (June 7) at 6 p.m.
Eastern has had four All-Americans in its history at the NCAA Division I level (indoors and outdoors). Kari McKay in the 10,000 (35:18.15) is the lone female with a fourth-place finish in 1992. On the men's side outdoors, Ryan Cole in 2001 placed eighth in the javelin (223-3) and Greg Jones took second in the high jump (7-3) in 1986. Eastern's only indoor All-American was Kurt Kraemer with a triple jump mark of 52-1 3/4 to finish in ninth place in 2001.