Feb. 28, 2007
Seniors David Paul and Sarah Hegna from the Eastern Washington University track and field team await to hear Monday (March 5) if their marks in the weight throw and pole vault, respectively, are good enough to qualify them for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Paul is currently ranked seventh in Division I with a winning throw of 68-8 1/2 at the Big Sky Conference Championships last weekend. His mark broke his own school record and was the third longest in Big Sky history. He earned field athlete of the meet and all-conference honors.
The automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA is 70-6 1/2. The top eight Americans will earn All-American honors in each event at the NCAA Championships next week.
"To set the school record was a big plus for Eastern and for Dave," said Eastern's women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "He is ranked seventh right now in Division I and they usually take the top 16 or 17, so his shot of getting in is really good.
He finished second at last year's championships in the weight throw and had a season best of 65-5 1/2. As a sophomore he had a best of 57-0 1/4 and as a freshmen his best was 45-8.
"You never really know in the weight throw how far you can keep improving," added Mecklenburg. "Each year he has made huge leaps, so I didn't feel that this was out of his reach compared to how much he improved from his sophomore year to his junior year and now from his junior year to this year."
Former Eastern thrower Mike Quinn, a 2005 graduate of Eastern Washington has been an assistant coach for the past two seasons. Quinn and Paul were teammates together early in Paul's career. Quinn ranks sixth all-time at Eastern in the weight throw with a throw of 59-7 1/2 in 2005 when he placed fifth in the league.
"I attribute a lot of Paul's success to Mike Quinn," said Mecklenburg. "He has helped coach him and the whole weight crew and has done a tremendous job. It has shown in how all of these athletes have done in our program. He has been finishing his degree and came back to help out since he used to throw the hammer here. He has really stepped up and done a great job with those kids."
Hegna sits 17th right now in Division I with a season best vault of 13-4 1/2 -- a school record and the fourth best mark all-time in the Big Sky. Hegna will compete at the University of Washington Last Chance Qualifier Saturday (March 3) in hopes of improving her chances at being selected for nationals.
She finished second at the BSC Championships with a vault of 12-9 to earn all-conference honors for the fourth consecutive year.
Eastern's only indoor All-American was Kurt Kramer in 2001. He finished ninth in the triple jump at 52-1 3/4. Kramer holds the school record at 53-5 1/2.
Six Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors at Big Sky Championships Last Week
Six Eastern athletes earned All-Big Sky Conference honors by placing in the top three at last weekend's indoor championships. Besides Hegna, the only other female to earn all-conference honors was Teanna Meinhold, who finished third in the triple jump at 38-4.
Chad Butorac, Jeff Kaune, and Curtis Suver joined Paul by earning all-conference honors on the men's side. Butorac finished second in the 400 with a time of 48.65. Kaune also took second place in the triple jump, with a jump of 48-7 1/4. Suver took third in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14:56.70.
The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):
Chad Butorac - (2007 Indoor: 2nd in the 400-meter run; 2006 Outdoor: 3rd in 400 -meter run; 2006 Indoor: 3rd in 200-meter run)
L'Shawn Dennis - (2006 Outdoor: 3rd in 110-meter run)
David Paul - (2007 Indoor: 3rd place in shot put; 2007 Indoor: Champion in weight throw; 2006 Indoor: 2nd in shot put; 2006 Indoor: 2nd in weight throw; 2006 Outdoor: Champion in discus; 2005 Outdoor: 3rd in discus)
Tyler Cathey - (2006 Outdoor: 2nd in javelin)
Jeff Kaune - (2007 Indoor: 2nd place in triple jump)
Curtis Suver - (2007 Indoor: 3rd place in 5000-meter run)
Sarah Hegna - (2007 Indoor: 2nd place in pole vault; 2004 Indoor: 3rd in pole vault; 2005 Indoor: Champion in pole vault; 2006 Indoor: 2nd in pole vault; 2006 Outdoor: 2nd in pole vault)
Jordan Baughan - (2006 Outdoor: 3rd in javelin)
Teanna Meinhold - (2007 Indoor: 3rd in triple jump; 2005 Outdoor: 3rd in triple jump)
EWU Women's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2006-2007/07wtinbestevent.html
EWU Women's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2006-2007/07wtinbestath.html
EWU Men's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2006-2007/07mtinbestevent.html
EWU Men's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2006-2007/07mtinbestath.html
Big Sky Conference Best List - http://www.directathletics.com/lists/track/63_226.html
Eastern Women's Indoor All-Time Best List - http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ewas/sports/w-track/auto_pdf/wtt10ind
Eastern Men's Indoor All-Time Best List - http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ewas/sports/m-track/auto_pdf/mtt10ind