INDIANAPOLIS -- High school junior Alexa Efraimson earns USATF Athlete of the Week after her Feb. 1 record-setting performance at the 2014 University of Washington Invitational in Seattle.
Efraimson (Camus, Wash.), the 2013 World Youth 1500m bronze medalist, finished Saturday's 3,000m in 9:00.16, setting a new American junior record on her way to placing fourth overall among the field of collegiate runners. Her time replaces the 9:02:10 mark set by Mary Cain at the same meet in 2013.
Efraimson’s performance is particularly notable since she will line up against Cain and other professional runners in the Wanamaker Mile at the 2014 Millrose Games set for Saturday, Feb. 15.
Earning her second honors as USATF Athlete of the Week, Efraimson first won the distinction Dec. 11, 2013, after she won the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 7 in Portland Meadows, Ore.
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 www.usatf.org. 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; February 5, Alexa Efraimson.
WEEKEND WRAP - JAN. 30-FEB. 2
Pedro's Cup -- If reigning world indoor shot put champion Ryan Whiting can throw as well in Sopot in March as he did at Bydgoszcz to win the Pedro's Cup on Jan. 31, he will run the USA win streak in that event to six. Whiting threw a world-leading 21.37m/70-1.5 to beat two-time Olympic champ and local favorite Tomas Majewski.
Russian Winter Games -- The 400 bronze medalist at the 2012 World Indoors, Natasha Hastings ran a world-leading 51.68 to win in Moscow. World Championships relay gold medalist David Verburg made it a Team USA sweep of the quarter with his 46.58, while Lekeisha Lawson took the women's 60 in 7.21.
Karlsruhe -- Ageless Bernard Lagat has won three World Indoor 3000 titles, and his 7:38.51 in Germany showed that he might be looking for a fourth. That time placed him fourth and was the 10th-fastest U.S. time ever indoors. Jarret Eaton (7.54) and Kevin Craddock went 1-2 for Team USA in the 60H, and Chauntae Bayne notched a PR 7.18 to take second in the women's 60.
Düsseldorf & Mondeville -- 2012 Olympian Jeff Porter presaged his big run in Mondeville with a PR 7.52 to win at Düsseldorf on Jan. 31, beating Cuban star Dayron Robles in the process. The next day in France, Porter slashed his lifetime best to 7.46, .01 behind Pascal Martinot Lagarde.
Trinec -- Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard sailed over 2.27m/7-5.25 to win this special high jump competition in the Czech Republic.
Razorback Invitational -- Arkansas invited a group of the nation's top collegiate teams to Fayetteville and came away with a pair of team wins, but it was Florida's men's 4x400 that may have turned in the top effort. The Gators, running with 2013 World 4x400 gold medalist Arman Hall on anchor, clocked 3:04.46 to beat the hosts by .56 and Texas A&M by .6 seconds. Hall also had a U.S.-leading 45.63 in the 400.
National Invitational -- Distance medley relay fireworks highlighted the Penn State meet, and the hosts were some of the brightest lights as the men's quartet of Brannon Kidder, Brandon Bennett-Green, Za'Von Watkins and Robby Creese rolled to the second-fastest time ever with a 9:26.59.
Jennett Invitational -- Fourth for Team USA at the Thorpe Cup heptathlon last year, Nebraska-Omaha's Sami Spenner rocketed to No. 9 on the U.S. all-time list and sixth on the collegiate list with her 4,406-point pentathlon at Cedar Falls.
Washington Invitational -- The World's Greatest Athlete showed that he hasn't lost a step, as reigning World and Olympic decathlon champ Ashton Eaton won the 60H in 7.61. He also cleared 5.00m/16-4.75 for fifth in the pole vault. Olympic 4x100 silver medalist and 100 fifth-placer Ryan Bailey won the 60 in 6.62, and Daniel Quigley's 3:59.59 for fourth in the mile made him the 409th U.S. sub-4:00 runner.
Findlay Open -- A hotbed of weight throwing recently, Findlay didn't disappoint as Purdue's Chuk Enekwechi threw the men's 35-pound implement 23.62m/77-6 to climb to No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list.
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