EWU Track and Field Sends Three Athletes to U.S. Championships

June 18, 2007

Carolee Gutierrez, David Paul and Erica Chaney from the Eastern Washington University track and field team will head to the USA Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Indiana University Michael A. Carroll Track and Field Soccer Stadium, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (June 20-24).

"It is pretty exciting to have three athletes going to a U.S. national track and field meet," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg.

Paul and Gutierrez will be participating at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 22. Paul will compete in the hammer at 5 p.m. and Gutierrez will throw the javelin at 7 p.m.

Gutierrez, a 2002 graduate of Newport (Wash.), High School made her first appearance at the national level at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships (June 6-9). She had a eighth-place finish in the javelin (161-10), becoming just the second female in Eastern history to earn All-America honors.

She placed second at the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26). She set a new personal best and broke her own school and Big Sky Conference record of 167-9 she had set earlier this season at the Al Manuel Invitational (March 31).

"I think Carolee is going to do better," commented Mecklenburg. "She is going to throw farther then she threw in the finals at the NCAA meet. She is going to go into this and know what it is like and will throw farther."

A 2002 graduate of Yelm (Wash.) High School, senior David Paul has made huge strides in the hammer since his freshman season. Paul had the best throw of his career of 226-2 at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Championships (May 9-12) in Pocatello, Idaho. He then had a throw of 213-7 at the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-26) to finish fifth.

Paul made his second appearance at the NCAA Championships and placed 25th in the hammer (189-10). At the 2007 Indoor Championships, Paul finished 14th in the weight throw (63-1 1/4).

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 top mark of 147-11.

"I know David was disappointed with how he did at the NCAA Championships," added Mecklenburg. "It is another national meet, so at least he already has a national meet under his belt where he threw the hammer."

Chaney will take part in the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships (June 21-22). On day one, she will throw the shot put (2:30 p.m.) and, on day two, she will compete in the javelin (10 a.m.).

Freshman Erica Chaney, a native of Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep High School), is ranked 11th in the Eastern record books in the javelin (136-5) and sixth in the shot put (44-9 1/2).

"She has been competing in national age group track and field championships which allows her to feel comfortable in that atmosphere," said Mecklenburg.

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