April 8, 2008
Two members of the Auburn track and field teams were honored by the Southeastern Conference with weekly awards, the conference office announced Tuesday. Jacob Dunkleberger was named Men's Field Athlete of the Week, while Joanna Atkins was named Female Freshman of the Week.
Dunkleberger posted the best mark in the NCAA this year in the hammer throw, and qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in two events during the Tiger Track Classic last weekend. He won the hammer throw with a mark of 71.42m (234-4), which leads the NCAA by nearly 12 feet. His mark was just shy of his school-record mark of 71.87m (235-9) that he set while winning the NCAA title last June. All six of his throws during the competition were better than the NCAA's second-leading thrower.
Dunkleberger, competing for the first time during the outdoor season, also regionally qualified in the shot put, finishing fourth in that event with a mark of 16.89m (55-5).
Atkins posted two individual times that rank in the top four in the nation this year, and was a part of three regional qualifying marks during the Tiger Track Classic. She won the 100m with a time of 11.39, which ranks No. 4 in the nation this year and ninth in Auburn history, and then finished second in the 200m and first among collegiate athletes with a time of 23.30, which ranks No. 2 in the NCAA and tied for seventh in school history. Both of Atkins' times smashed the previous Auburn freshman records of 11.60 in the 100m and 23.97 in the 200m.
Atkins also ran a leg on Auburn's 4x100m relay team that finished second overall and first among collegiate teams with a time of 44.68 that ranks No. 10 in the NCAA this year. It marked the second time in three weeks that she has been named the SEC's Female Freshman of the Week.
Auburn will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday, April 12, although selected field event athletes will compete that day at the Tiger Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.