UW Throws Coach Paul Barrett is National Champion at USA Masters Championships

Aug. 13, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Who said that coaches can't compete at the same level as their student-athletes? At the recent 2008 USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Spokane, Wash., University of Wyoming track and field throws coach, Paul Barrett crept from behind the net and stepped into the limelight.

Barrett won the National Championship in the men's 40-45 division in the hammer throw with his toss of 163' 7". The Washington State University alum also competed in the javelin and discus throws in which he placed second and fifth respectively. Barrett is entering his 15th season as the Cowboy and Cowgirl throwing coach and has led 14 student athletes to All-America status.

This is Barrett's second trip to the Masters Track and Field Championships when he competed in 2003 and set a World Record in the weight pentathlon. The weight pentathlon consists of five events: hammer throw, shot put, discus, javelin, and 35lb weight throw. Barrett's score of 3,783 points eclipsed the mark of 3,762 by Dean Crouser of Oregon in 1998.

The University of Wyoming Track and Field team will kick off the indoor season Sat., December 6th, in Laramie, for the Wyoming Power Meet. Barrett is returning senior All-American Jake Shanklin on the men's side as they work towards an NCAA National Championship.