June 7, 2007
With a throw of 170-1 in the preliminaries, Eastern Washington University track and field senior Carolee Gutierrez qualified for the javelin finals at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championships in Sacramento, Calif., (June 7).
By placing in the top 12 in the preliminaries (third), Gutierrez automatically advances to the finals on Saturday (June 9) at 10 a.m. CBS will have a live telecast of the championships, beginning at 10 a.m.
Gutierrez is only three inches behind second place finisher Mallory Webb of Fresno State (170-4). The leader after day one is Erma Gene Evans from Texas-El Paso (179-2). The top eight American finishers earn All-America status at the meet.
"The preliminary round went over pretty well," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "She put up a good throw. It was a good start at the national championships. Hopefully she put up a good mark in finals and move up in the competition."
She is a 2002 graduate of Newport High School (Wash.), and is making her first appearance at the national level. Going into the championships, Gutierrez was ranked fourth in the javelin with a throw of 175-5, which placed her 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 records of 167-9 she set earlier this season at the Al Manuel Invitational (March 31).
Eastern has had four All-Americans in its history at the NCAA Division I level (indoors and outdoors). Kari McKay in the 10,000 (35:18.15) is the lone female with a fourth-place finish in 1992. On the men's side outdoors, Ryan Cole in 2001 placed eighth in the javelin (223-3) and Greg Jones took second in the high jump (7-3) in 1986. Eastern's only indoor All-American was Kurt Kraemer with a triple jump mark of 52-1 3/4 to finish in ninth place in 2001.