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News and Notes - Jan. 29, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympian Galen Rupp earns back-to-back Athlete of the Week honors after a second record-breaking performance in consecutive weeks. He wins this week’s award after shattering the two mile indoor record during Boston University’s Terrier Classic, held Saturday, Jan. 25.

Rupp (Portland, Ore.) made his finish in 8:07.41, breaking Bernard Lagat’s 2013 record of 8:09.49, which had previously replaced Rupp’s mark of 8:09.72 set in 2012.  

The back-to-back AOW honoree took last week’s title after setting a record Jan. 16 in the 5,000m at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet. Rupp, a six-time National Champion, finished the 5,000m race in 13:01.26, knocking off more than five-and-a-half seconds from the previous 13:07.00 standard set by Lopez Lomong in 2013.

Rupp made history at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he won silver in the 10,000m to become the event’s first American medal winner since Billy Mills won gold in 1964.

Rupp is also a Bowerman Award winner and an NCAA Indoor, Outdoor and Cross Country Champion.

Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp.


Contributed by -- Glen McMicken

An avalanche of major collegiate invitationals populated the calendar, including meets at Albuquerque and Lexington that shook up some women's all-time lists. Here's a look at the top moments:

Cherry & Silver Invitational -- Georgia freshman Kendell Williams was the silver medalist in the heptathlon at the Pan Am Juniors in Colombia last August, and she smashed the old American Junior record in the pentathlon in Albuquerque with her 4,302-point effort. That added 243 points to the existing record, set in 2005 by Penn State's Gayle Hunter, and included a 1.81 meter/5-11.25 clearance in the high jump.

Another Pan Am Junior medalist zipped to a 6.55 to win the men's 60, as Cameron Burrell of Houston came within .07 of his dad's PR -- a 6.48 that was a then-World Record for Leroy Burrell in 1991. Oh, and Leroy is also Cameron's coach for the Cougars.

Nick Ross of Arizona climbed to equal tenth on the all-time collegiate list with his 2.31m/7-7 PR in the high jump.

Rod McCravy Memorial -- 2010 World Junior 4x400 gold medalist Laura Roesler of Oregon clocked the second-fastest all-conditions collegiate women's indoor 800 ever with a 2:01.32 around the gentle bends of Kentucky's 297-meter oval. Last year's USA Outdoors fifth-placer, Roesler won by more than five seconds and added a swift 800 carry on the Ducks' 10:56.77 distance medley relay.

Kentucky's Kendra Harrison, fifth in the NCAA 100H a year ago for Clemson, claimed the world lead in the 60H with a 7.96, and the Wildcats notched the fastest all-conditions time of the year in the 4x400 at 3:33.35.

Two World 4x400 relay gold medalists went 1-2 in the men's 400, with Florida's Arman Hall (45.84) downing Oregon's Mike Berry (46.13).

Terrier Classic -- Besides the stunning record-setting runs by Galen Rupp and Mary Cain, Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino grabbed the No. 3 spot on the all-time collegiate indoor mile list and moved to equal seventh on the U.S. all-time list with her 4:28.31 behind Cain. En route, D'Agostino set a collegiate record of 4:09.77 for 1500 meters. 2013 World Championships 10K 12th-placer Jordan Hasay had a PR 4:28.37 (PR 4:08.66 1500 en route) to take third.

In the men's mile, another Dartmouth runner, Will Geoghegan, became the 408th U.S. man to break 4:00 in the mile as he won in 3:58.04.

Vanderbilt Invitational -- Five-time Olympic and World 110H silver medalist Terrence Trammell, the co-holder of the American Record in the 60H and twice a World Indoor champ, showed that he hasn't lost much with age as he won in Nashville with a 7.65 that belied his 35 years.

Ole Miss redshirt Ricky Robertson set an indoor PR of 2.30m/7-6.5 to win the high jump, and teammate Sam Kendricks picked up his fourth pole vault win in a row this season with a clearance at 5.56m/18-2.75.

Hokie Invitational -- Pitt's Carvin Nkanata sprinted to seventh on the all-time collegiate list in the 300 with his 33.04 at Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame Invitational & Wisconsin Elite -- The men's 35-pound weight throw took center stage in Indiana and Wisconsin, with the Badgers' Mike Lihrman taking the No. 8 spot on the American collegiate all-time list with a 22.75m/74-7.75 toss in Madison and Michigan State's Antonio James sliding up to No. 9 with his 22.74m/74-7.25 effort at South Bend.

Take Notice Elite Invitational -- 2013 USA fourth-placer Tori Bowie erupted for a PR 6.95m/22-9.75 to rocket to fifth on the all-time U.S. list in the long jump at Naperville, Ill. Bowie, the 2011 NCAA champ for Southern Miss, also had a 6.80m/22-3.75 in her series. Tyron Stewart, who trains at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Bowie, set an indoor PR of 7.99m/26-2.75 to win the men's event.

Jayhawk Classic -- Reigning USA Indoor champ Gwen Berry had her second best throw ever to win the 20-pound weight at Kansas, as her 24.39m/80-0.25 took the measure of 2013 World Championships hammer team members Jeneva McCall and Amanda Bingson. Berry is one of only three American women ever to surpass 80-feet with the weight.

Air Force Invitational -- Olympic gold medalist and American Record holder Jenn Suhr took the pole vault with a 4.62m/15-1.75 clearance, while 2012 World Indoor silver medalist Janay DeLoach Soukup was victorious in the long jump at 6.53m/21-5.25. She also won the 60H in 8.09.

New Balance Games -- A finalist at 5000 meters at last summer's World Championships, Kim Conley stepped down to the mile at the Armory in New York City and set a stellar PR of 4:24.54 to win the mile and take over the No. 4 berth on the all-time U.S. indoor list. She clocked a world-leading 4:05.70 1500 PR en route, also good for fourth on the A-T U.S. list.

2012 World Indoor 4x400 gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist Manteo Mitchell rolled to a 32.71 in the 300 to assume the No. 9 spot on the all-time U.S. indoor list.

Other top performances came from Will Claye, who won the triple jump with a world-leading 17.04m/55-11, and Garrett Heath, who raced to a world-leading 3:38.89 1500 en route to a second-place finish in the mile at 3:54.59. 2013 World 800 sixth-placer AjeƩ Wilson was best in the women's 600 meters with a 1:28.27, and last year's USA Outdoor 800 champ Duane Solomon outkicked Erik Sowinski to win the men's 600 in 1:16.67.

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