April 4, 2008
AUBURN - Senior Jacob Dunkleberger won the hammer throw with a nation-best mark on Friday to start competition at the Tiger Track Classic. The men's hammer throw was the only event contested during the opening day, as the women's hammer was delayed until 10 a.m. Saturday due to weather and the rest of the meet was already scheduled to take place on Saturday.
Dunkleberger had a winning throw of 71.42 meters (234-4), easily topping the best mark in the nation this year of 67.82m by Boldizsar Kocsor of UCLA. Dunkleberger actually topped that mark on all of his six throws, with his best mark coming on his fourth attempt. He narrowly missed matching his school record throw of 71.87m (235-9) set while winning the NCAA title last June.
"I did exactly what I wanted to do," said Dunkleberger. "I feel pretty good based on where I was last year at this time. Last year I wasn't quite as on balance as I was today. Today I had a lot better rhythm than I usually do in the first meet."
The rest of the Tiger Track Classic takes place Saturday. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the men's javelin, while running events start at 1 p.m. with the women's 4x100m relay. The meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 7 p.m.