June 29, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field team had one individual compete in last weekend's USA Track and Field Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Graduated senior Jake Shanklin took to the ring in the men's hammer throw on Saturday, June 27.
Shanklin finished 21st out of 33 competitors with his final throw of 209' 5". The title went to A.G. Kruger who was competing for the Nike track and field team with his throw of 247' 1". Shanklin's throw was the sixth-best at the meet by any collegiate athlete.
The top-three finishers will be representing Team USA in Berlin, Germany this August at the IAAF World Championships.
"It was a great experience for him and he represented the Cowboys very well," said UW assistant coach Paul Barrett. "Jake's plan is to stay here and continue training with the throws crew next year at the professional level. He has had an amazing career and it will be nice to have a three-time All-American working with the talented young crew we have coming in next year."