David Paul Earns Top Award at Track and Field Banquet

June 8, 2007

Eastern Washington University track and field senior David Paul was given the Coaches Award at the 2006-2007 track and field banquet May 30.

Paul, a graduate of Yelm (Wash.) High School, was also named the team's most inspirational athlete after making two appearances at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championships. Paul finished 14th in the weight throw (63-1 1/4) at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and placed 25th in the hammer (189-1) outdoors in 2007.

"David has contributed to the team, program and university with a career of academic and athletic dedication that will always make us proud of him," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "He has been a shining star in our program."

Paul holds the Big Sky Conference record and school record in the hammer with a throw of 226-2. He was named Men's Field Athlete of the Meet at both the indoor and outdoor championships. Paul won a total of four Big Sky titles.

Senior Curtis Suver and Sophomore Chad Butorac were named men's track most improved. A graduate of Tahoma High School and from Maple Valley, Wash., Suver is ranked third in EWU history in the 1500 with a time of 3:48.56 and fourth in the 5000 with a time of 14:24.63.

Butorac, a graduate of Northport (Wash.) High School, finished first in the 400 at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships to give him an automatic berth to the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore. He finished seventh at the West Regionals and is ranked second in school history with a career best of 47.19.

For the women, Priest River (Idaho) High School graduate Bonnie Millard was named most improved for field events. Junior Mattie Bridgmon from Laramie, Wyo., was named most improved for the track events. Millard qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships with her winning throw of 155-0 in the discus at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships. She finished 15th at the West Regional Championships which was her first ever appearance.

Bridgmon, running the 10,000 for the first time, had a fourth place finish at the BSC Championships which ranks her fourth in EWU school history (37:56.81). She is also ranked fourth in school history in the 5000 with a time of 17:07.31.

A graduate from Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee, Wash., senior Candice Nell was named women's most inspirational. Nell is ranked second in school history with a triple jump of 38-9 3/4.

Scholar awards were given to a male and female that have a grade point average above 3.9. Senior thrower Amanda Faire (3.90) from Ellensburg (Wash.) High School, and sophomore sprinter Jason Kirk (3.91) were awarded. Kirk is a graduate of Olympia (Wash.) High School and is from Tumwater, Wash.

The 2007-2008 captains were also announced at the banquet: Shaun Helm (distance/Federal Way., Wash.), Bridgmon (distance), Sarah Frey (sprints-hurdlers/Olympia, Wash.), Kirk (sprints/hurdlers), Brody Faire (throws/Ellensburg, Wash.), Jordan Baughan (throws/Klickitat, Wash.), Allysen Halsen (jumps/Gig Harbor, Wash.), and Geoff Penrod (jumps/Nine Mile Falls, Wash.).

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