June 10, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team had two senior Cowboys competing on Wednesday in the first day of the NCAA Championships. Jake Shanklin moved on to the finals in the hammer throw, while Mark Korir's 3,000 meter steeplechase was postponed until 10:30 p.m.(MT) due to lightning.
Shanklin's throw of 210'9" was good enough for tenth place which will qualify him for the finals to be held on Friday. It was his second throw of the day that catapulted him into the top 12 for a shot at the National Championship.
"This round is almost more stressful than the finals," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "The pack is really tight and Jake had some bug throws in warm-ups, so it shows that he can unload a bomb on Friday."
Shanklin will compete on Friday at 11 a.m. (MT) and the steeplechase finals are scheduled for Friday at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Results can be found at www.ncaa.com.