June 17, 2008
Senior Cory Martin has been named the Men's Field Athlete of the Year and Jerry Clayton the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the USTFCCCA announced Tuesday.
Martin won individual national titles in both the hammer throw and shot put during the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa. He became just the second man ever to win titles in both of those events at the same NCAA championship meet, joining Jack Merchant of California in 1922. He also became only the second Auburn athlete to win two national championships at one NCAA meet, joining Harvey Glance (100 and 200 meters, 1976).
Martin won both events on his final throws with personal-best marks. He won the hammer throw with a mark of 74.13 meters (243-2) to break his own school record and pass teammate Jacob Dunkleberger, who finished second. He won the shot put with a throw of 20.35 meters (66-9.25), which ranks second-best in Auburn history. His 20 points helped the Auburn men finish tied for second at the NCAA Championships with 44 points.
Martin had also been named the South Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Year this season. He won the hammer throw and shot put at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, and won both of those events while placing second in the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships. His 28 points at the SEC meet earned him the Commissioner's Trophy as the high men's point scorer in the meet.
Martin, who went undefeated this year in the hammer throw while qualifying for the Olympic Trials, finished his Auburn career with seven SEC titles and eight All-American awards.
Clayton coached Martin to his two national titles to cap a stellar performance by his group of throwers this year. The Tigers sent five men's throwers to the NCAA Championships, which was the most of any school in the country. In addition to the performances of Martin and Dunkleberger, Edis Elkasevic and Zach Clayton qualified for the NCAA Championships in the discus and Eric Werskey qualified in the shot put.
In his 10 seasons at Auburn, Clayton's athletes have now won 10 individual national championships, 33 individual SEC championships and earned 39 All-American honors.