June 4, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Junior thrower Cory Martin, senior sprinter Kerron Stewart and throws coach Jerry Clayton of the Auburn track and field teams have been honored with awards presented by the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Martin was named the South District Men's Field Athlete of the Year, Stewart was named the South District Co-Women's Track Athlete of the Year and Clayton was named the Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year.
Martin enters the NCAA Outdoor Championships this weekend ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in the hammer throw and No. 5 in the shot put. He has broken his own school record in the hammer throw three times this season, capped by a mark of 71.42m (234-4) at the SEC Championships. Martin scored 28 points at the SEC meet, winning the hammer throw and the shot put while placing second in the discus. He also won the hammer throw and shot put at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.
During the indoor season, Martin was the NCAA runner-up in the weight throw, earning his fourth career All-American honor. He also set a school record of 23.29m (76-5) while winning that event at the SEC indoor meet.
Stewart is unbeaten in individual events this year entering the NCAA Championships. She set a school record with the third-best time in the world this year while winning the 200m at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, and won the 100m and 200m at the SEC Championships. She also won the 100m at the Penn Relays and earned the award as Penn Relays Outstanding Women's Athlete for Individual Events.
During the indoor season, Stewart won NCAA Championships in the 60m and 200m and was named the National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, the South Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the SEC Women's Indoor Track Runner of the Year. She set school records in the 60m and 200m during the course of the season while earning the seventh and eighth All-American honors of her career.
Clayton, in his ninth season on the Auburn coaching staff, has helped Martin develop into one of the top throwers in the nation, while also coaching Jacob Dunkleberger to the nation's fourth-best mark in the hammer throw entering the NCAA outdoor meet. Clayton also coached Donald Thomas to the NCAA indoor title in the high jump and the top outdoor mark in the nation entering the NCAA meet. Thomas, Martin and Dunkleberger all earned NCAA indoor All-American honors, pushing the number of All-American honors won by Clatyon-coached athletes to 31 during his tenure at Auburn.
USTFCCCA honors the top men and women in track and field events for the nine districts in Division I outdoor track and field, and honors the top assistant coaches in the four regions in the following categories: men's and women's sprints/hurdles, distances, jumps/combined events and throws.