June 12, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
After the third day of competition at the NCAA Championships was put on delay due to inclement weather, senior Jake Shanklin earned his first outdoor All-America honor with a 10th-place finish in the hammer throw.
It was again Shanklin's second throw of 207' 11" that earned him his third career All-America honor. His two previous honors came in the 35lb weight throw during the indoor season. Unfortunately his distance was not enough to qualify him for the finals and a chance for three more throws. The NCAA Championship went to a freshman from Virginia Tech, Marcel Lomnicky, with a throw of 235' 6".
"We are very proud of Jake and what he has accomplished while at Wyoming. Being a three-time All-American is no easy feat," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "The hammer throw is a very technical event that Jake has mastered, which is not bad for a guy who never competed in the event until college. He competed very hard today and had a tough break on his third throw that would have given him the opportunity to have three more throws and finish a couple more spots higher in the rankings. Once he released the hammer his toe just barely touched the edge of the ring, thus not counting his 217' throw.
"Jake will go down as one of the best to ever compete for the Brown and Gold," finished Barrett.
Fortunately for Shanklin, he will have yet another opportunity to compete in the hammer throw when he travels to the USA Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 25-28.