June 9, 2008
AUBURN - Senior Cory Martin and Assistant Head Coach Jerry Clayton have been honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Monday. Martin was named the South Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Clayton was honored as the South Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Martin, who was named last week as the SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Year, was the SEC Champion and the Mideast Region Champion in both the hammer throw and the shot put. He won the Commissioner's Trophy as the high men's point scorer at the SEC Outdoor Championships May 15-18, scoring 28 points by winning titles in the shot put and hammer throw while placing second in the discus.
Martin, who has won seven SEC titles and six All-American awards during his career, is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in the hammer throw and No. 4 in the shot put. He broke the school record in the hammer throw at the Mideast Regional Championships with a mark of 73.11m (239-10), and his personal-best mark of 20.31m (66-7.75) in the shot put ranks second best in school history. Martin is undefeated this season in the hammer throw, and tied the Drake Relays record while winning that event last month.
Clayton, in his 10th season at Auburn, has been instrumental in the success of Martin and the rest of Auburn's throwers this season. The Tigers have five men's throwers who will compete at the NCAA Championships, which is the most of any school in the country. In addition to Martin, Jacob Dunkleberger is ranked second in the NCAA field in the hammer throw, Eric Werskey is No. 11 in the shot put, Zach Clayton is No. 14 in the discus and Edis Elkasevic is No. 20 in the discus.
Auburn will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday through Saturday (June 11-14) in Des Moines, Iowa.