March 12, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Two Cowboys will represent the University of Wyoming at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. UW junior Jake Shanklin (35lb weight throw) and junior Mark Korir (5,000-meter) will compete to win the first men's National Championship since Ryan Butler won the 35lb weight throw in 1996.
Shanklin, who competed in last year's Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships placed 12th at the 2007 indoor meet. He just missed qualifying for the finals with his toss of 65' 8.25". This year he comes into the meet with the third best throw in the nation, at 71' 10.25". Jake will compete on Saturday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Walker Pavilion.
Korir, who earned All-America status for the second straight year this past cross country season looks to compete for a National Championship in the 5,000-meter race. Korir qualified for this meet with his time of 13:57.65, which he ran at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington on Feb. 16th. His race begins at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, March 14th.
Mark currently holds two Wyoming Indoor records, the 3,000-meter and the 5,000-meter races. At this year's MWC Championship, Korir took the title in the 5,000-meter and placed second in the 3,000-meter race, earning him All-MWC honors.
"Both guys have a very good chance at becoming All-Americans and as long as they perform to their ability, they will succeed," said UW head coach Don Yentes.
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