Auburn Senior Named SEC's Best

The Southeastern Conference has honored Auburn senior Cory Martin.

Birmingham, Ala.--Cory Martin, a double winner at the SEC Track and Field Championships, has been named the conference's top field events athlete for the 2008 season.

On Monday SEC officials announced that the senior from Bloomington, Ind., won the field events award for the second year.

At the conference meet held in Auburn, he won the Commissioner's Cup as the top scorer at the event. He picked up 10 points for the Tigers by winning the hammer throw. He is the Auburn record-holder in the event and has the best throw in nation this season. He is undefeated in that event this season.

Martin also won the shot put, dominating the field, finishing six feet, one inch ahead of the runnerup. He is ranked third nationally in that event.

Martin added eight more points for the Tigers with a second place finish in the discus. He is ranked 14th nationally in the discus.

"Cory is a great competitor and is really throwing well for us," says AU head track and field coach Ralph Spry. "He is one of our big guns this season and a guy we are counting on to score points for us at the NCAA Championships."

Martin and his teammates are training for the NCAA Mideast Regional, which are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Martin won the shot put and hammer events at last year's regional. Teammate Jake Dunkleberger, who is also a senior this year, won the NCAA title in the hammer with an Auburn record throw, but Martin has regained the record this season and the two have a chance to finish one-two at the nationals like they did at the SEC meet.

Cory Martin is the nation's top discus thrower this year.

Jerry Clayton, who coaches the field events for the Tigers, says, "Cory scored 28 points last year at the SEC meet, which normally would make him the high scorer at the meet. Last year there was a distance runner who scored 30 points by winning three events, which is really unusual. I was glad Cory was able to win the award as the SEC's top scorer this year."

Clayton notes that Martin was impressive in all three events at the conference meet including the discus, a event in which he set a personal record competing against a strong competition. "To get second against that field is impressive," Clayton says.

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