UW's Jake Shanklin Awarded MWC Athlete of the Week

Feb. 17, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Wyoming Cowboy senior Jake Shanklin has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in his career.

Shanklin, hailing from Ellensburg, Wash., automatically qualified for nationals after winning the men's 35-pound weight throw last weekend at the Washington Husky Invitational held in Seattle, Wash. Shanklin's toss of 71'-0.50" (21.65m) earned him his third crown in four events this year, out-throwing the reigning 2008 USA Champion Kibwe Johnson by more than three feet. The mark ranks first in the league and fifth in the nation, according to TrackShark.com.