Sept. 24, 2008
Paul Limpf of the Eastern Washington University cross country team was named Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week after winning the Sundodger Invitational Saturday (Sept. 20) in Seattle, Wash.
Limpf, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., had a time of 23:33 in the men’s 8,000-meter race to help give his team a third-place victory over Gonzaga and Idaho. He also set a new course record and a personal best time. This is his second Athlete of the Week honor this season, having earned the award after winning the first-ever Clash of the Inland Northwest (Sept. 6).
"Paul ran a really smart and impressive race," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "The course record is not a soft record by any means as many quality runners have competed there including Jon Riley (2004 Olympian in the 5,000 meters), Scott Baughs (2007 Division II National Champion), Forest Braden (All-American), and Paul Kezes (US National cross country team member)."
"Paul's success this season certainly didn't happen overnight or even over this past summer," added Zeller. "It's an accumulation of hard work from day one as a freshman and during his days at Evergreen High School."
Limpf was All-BSC with a fifth-place finish at the conference championship in 2007.
The Eagles will have the week off before Limpf, Smyth, Kyle King, Bowe Ebding and Tyler Justus head to the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 3. The rest of Eastern’s team will compete at the Montana Invitational in Missoula, Mont., Oct. 4.