Shanklin Concludes NCAA Championships With 11th Place Finish

March 15, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -

As the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close today in Fayetteville, Ark., Wyoming Cowboy junior Jake Shanklin placed 11th in the 35-lb weight throw.

On Friday UW junior Mark Korir placed fourth in the 5,000-meter race.

Shanklin missed qualifying for the finals for the second straight year as he improved one spot from last year's NCAA Championships. His throw of 67' 10 1/4" was also an improvement from last year where he threw 65' 8 1/4". Jake was out-done by Egor Agafonov of the University of Kansas with a toss of 74' 6 1/4".

"Jake was just a little off today, but he has done a great job for us all year and I expect him to return to the Championships again next year," said UW head coach Don Yentes.

Along with competing in the Championships, Shanklin was awarded the Mountain Region Field Player of the Year, as well as being awarded with the Top Performance at the Mountain West Conference Championships, and being named to the All-MWC team for the second straight year.

The University of Wyoming track and field teams will head to Boulder, Colo., this coming weekend for the Potts Invitational to compete in the season opener for the Outdoor season.