Eagle Named Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week

Oct. 8, 2008

Paul Limpf of the Eastern Washington University cross country team was named Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week after he finished sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 3 in South Bend, Ind.

"This is truly an honor for Paul to be recognized by the Big Sky Conference for his performance at Notre Dame," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller.

Limpf, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., covered the eight-mile course in 23:42, trailing the winner by just 10 seconds. He helped his team finished 17th out of 25 teams from across the country.

"Paul tucked in the lead pack along with teammate Alex Smyth and countered every move" added Zeller. "It was still a single pack of ten with 400 meters to go when people started to make final moves and surges. The great thing about his race is that despite how great he ran, he's still hungry."

This is the third time this season that Limpf was named Athlete of the Week. He also won the honor after winning and setting the new course record at the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 20 with a time of 23:33 in the 8,000-meter race to help give his team a third-place victory over Gonzaga and Idaho. He also was honored at Eastern’s first meet at the Clash of the Inland Northwest (Sept. 6).

"We have some high expectations as we move forward towards the conference, regionals, and national championships," said Zeller. "Paul continues to work at an extroardinary rate every day leaving nothing to chance. He is as prepared as anyone every time he steps to the starting line. I can't wait to see how the rest of the season plays out."

Limpf was All-BSC with a fifth-place finish at the conference championship in 2007.

The Eagles will have the week off before competing at home in the EWU Invitational (Oct. 18) in Cheney, Wash. The women’s race will start at 10 a.m. with the men to follow at 10:30 a.m.

The Big Sky Conference Championships will take place on Nov. 1 in Portland, Ore., with the women running at 8:30 a.m. and the men at 9:30 a.m. The NCAA West Regional Championships on Nov. 15 will be run in Stanford, Calif., starting at 9 a.m. followed by the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind., starting at 9 a.m.

Branden Fuller in 2003 is the only Eastern male runner who has competed in the NCAA Division I Championships. He finished 132nd in the 10,000 meters with a time of 31:05.8.

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