Feb. 1, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
After one day of competition in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the Air Force Invitational, a University of Wyoming thrower has punched a ticket to the NCAA Championships. Cowboy junior Jake Shanklin qualified for the championships with a remarkable throw of 71' 10 1/4" in the 35lb weight throw.
Jake will be returning to the NCAA Championships, where in 2007 he placed 12th in the weight throw. Shanklin's throw of 71' 10 1/4" not only was his career best, but is tops in the nation. His throw also ranks third in school history behind Kevin Mannon in `99 and Jason Gervais in `00 with a throw of 74' 1 3/4".
Day one also meant qualifying for the sprints and middle distances as they will compete in the finals tomorrow. For the women, seniors Shaylee Babbitt qualified in the 200 meters, Sharon Larrier qualified in the 400 meters and Amanda Yentes qualified in the 800 meter race.
For the men, senior Vashone West qualified in the 200 meter race with a time of 21.96. In the throws, Jake was not the only Cowboy in competition as junior Sam Lambert placed fourth with a throw of 61' 2 1/4" and freshman Alan John took seventh with a toss of 58' 6". Sophomore Jay Petsch gained some much needed experience after one day of competition in the men's heptathlon.
"Today was more of a workout for us, and we got to see where some of our new kids are at in their training," said head coach Don Yentes. "We are very proud of Jake, because when you have a kid perform the way Jake did today it is a tribute to his hard work and dedication."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will continue competition tomorrow with events starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. Results will be posted at www.goairforcefalcons.cstv.com.