SEC Honors Auburn NCAA Champion

Auburn, Ala.--NCAA shot put champion Edis Elkasevic has been named SEC Outdoor Field Athlete on Monday.

The Auburn University sophomore was selected for the honor by a vote of the league's 12 track and field head coaches.

He won the NCAA title with an Auburn record toss of 68 feet, 6 inches, which is also a national record for an athlete from Croatia. He also won the SEC indoor and outdoor shot put titles and the SEC discus competition.

"He had quite an outdoor season," says Auburn assistant coach Jerry Clayton, who coaches the throwers. "He was undefeated by collegiate throwers except for once during the outdoor season as one person threw ahead of him at Georgia Tech. He had an outstanding year and this quite an honor for him."

The sophomore also won the NCAA Mideast Regional shot put title and was named the Mideast Regional Male Athlete of the Year.

Auburn head coach Ralph Spry says, "Edis contributed a lot to the team at the conference, regional and national meets. He started the year off with a terrific indoor season and was able to continue that and excel even more as the outdoor season progressed. We look forward to having him for two more years and it will be exciting to see what he has in store in that time."

Elkasevic will compete in the Croatian national championships and the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland this summer.

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