June 8, 2007
Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming track and field program finished up competition at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships Thursday. All athletes who competed: seniors Shannon Popp (Hammer) and Olav Roe (Decathlon) and junior Jake Shanklin (Hammer), struggled at times; with Roe being the only athlete who made it to the second day of his event.
Popp, who came into this week's competition ranked 28th in the country, finished the meet in 21st place having thrown a distance of 183'-7.00"; 11 feet shy of her season best mark of 194'-7.00" at the Oklahoma Invitational back in April. Although Popp did not make the final round, she did end her season seven spots higher in the overall national rankings.
Shanklin also failed to make it past the preliminary round as he finished out of the Top 25 rankings after fouling all three of his initial throws. This marks the first time that Shanklin hasn't finished in the Top 15 nationally since becoming a Cowboy. Being the only member of either the men's or women's program to compete in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships back in March, Shanklin finished the indoor season ranked 12th in the nation.
Roe finished the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships with the best overall performance of the three UW athletes; as he ended his tenure as a Cowboy ranked 17th in the nation in the decathlon with 7,114 points; just 108 points shy of his season best score of 7,222. Roe's highlight performance came in the discus event, as he finished third with a distance of 144'-3.00".