March 17, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's Mark Korir and Jake Shanklin each received All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday, following their strong performances at last weekend's NCAA Championships.
Korir, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, earns the third All-America honor of his career after placing fourth in the 5,000-meters at last weekend's NCAA Championships. He also earned All-America honors in cross country in 2006 and 2007, placing 19th in 2007 and 22nd in 2006. Korir was the Mountain West Conference Indoor Champion in the 3,000-meters in both 2007 and 2008.
"Mark ran a great race at the NCAA's and it was probably his best ever 5,000 considering it was on a banked track. It was a very exciting race, as he moved up to fourth place over the final 40-meters," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "It was also great to see him move into fourth after being the 14th seed entering the meet. He had to beat some very good guys to become an All-American and he did exactly that. This is Mark's third All-America honor and he has a great chance of becoming the best distance runner in Wyoming history."
Shanklin, a junior from Ellensburg, Wash., became an All-American for the first time in his career after placing 11th in the 35-pound weight throw at the NCAA Championship meet. Shanklin has had a tremendous junior season as he was selected the Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year, last week. Shanklin won the 35-pound Indoor MWC Championship in 2007 and 2008.
"Earning his first All-America honor is a great accomplishment for Jake. He is very well deserving after the tremendous season that he has had," said Yentes. "He didn't have a great day on Saturday, but he hung on to finish 11th. With the huge improvements he has made this year, I know he was hoping to finish a little higher but that doesn't take away from the terrific season he had."
All-America honors are given to the top-eight overall athletes in each event at the NCAA Championships as well as the top-eight American finishers.