March 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
University of Wyoming senior Jake Shanklin earned his second career All-American award Saturday, at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas in the 35lb weight throw.
Shanklin was awarded a spot on the pedestal for his seventh-place toss of 69' 5.5" behind the leading Jason Lewis from Arizona State who had a throw of 75' 0.75". Shanklin out-threw Mountain West Conference foes Leif Arrhenius from BYU and Alex Godell of Colorado State.
"It was a great way to end his indoor career, and he is really one of the best in Wyoming history," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "He really fought through some back pain and competed extremely well."
Shanklin improved on his 2008 NCAA Championship 11th-place finish with his spot in seventh today. Shanklin and the rest of the Cowboys and Cowgirls will now move outside to begin their 2009 campaign at the Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colo., March, 21.
"I am looking forward to getting Jake outside and ready for the hammer," said Barrett.