July 8, 2008
DAPHNE, Ala. -
Auburn's Cory Martin has been named the United States Sports Academy's Alabama Athlete of the Month for June after winning two NCAA track and field individual titles. It marked the second straight month that Martin won the award and the fifth consecutive month in which an Auburn athlete claimed the honor.
Former AU swimmer Kirsty Coventry was the Academy's Athlete of the Month for February and April, and Auburn's former freestyler Cesar Cielo was recognized for March. The two won on the strength of world-record performances.
Martin repeats after NCAA Championship wins in the shot put (66-9.25) and hammer throw (243-2), with each victory coming on his final throw. He is the first male athlete since 1922 to win both events at the meet.
Finishing second behind Martin in the June voting was Florence, Alabama, native Stewart Cink. Cink won the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship by one shot, his fifth PGA Tour win in all and his first since 2004.
Former Auburn track star Kerron Stewart was third in the voting after qualifying for the Olympics in impressive fashion at the Jamaican National Championships. Stewart won the 100m with a time of 10.80 and finished a close second in the 200m, in 21.99.
The Academy's Alabama Athlete of the Month is selected by a voting committee comprising former Alabama athletes, members of the statewide media and representatives of Alabama sports organizations. Each winner is automatically added to the Alabama Athlete of the Year ballot at the end of the calendar year.
The Alabama Athlete of the Year Award is given to an athlete beyond the high school level who was either born in Alabama, is currently playing in the state, or has previously participated in sports at any level within Alabama.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.