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Alyssa Wilson makes Juniors throws history to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Alyssa Wilson makes Juniors throws history to win USATF Athlete of the Week

Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, New Jersey) became the first female in history to qualify to compete in three events for Team USATF at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

While competing at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, Wilson qualified to compete for Team USATF in the shot put, hammer throw, and discuss. Wilson, a thrower from UCLA, placed first in the shot put and hammer throw, with throws of 16.80m/55-1.5 and 66.33m/217-6, respectively. She took second in discus with a mark of 53.84m/176-8.


Other notable performances from the weekend:

Charles Allie broke the 11-year-old M70 world record in the 200m. Allie ran a time of 26.77 at the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival, replacing the previous record of 26.80 set by Bob Lida in 2007.

Taylor Ewert, a high school junior from Ohio, won the 10,000m race walk at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. She finished over five minutes ahead of her competitors with a time of 49:07:52. Ewert broke the high school 10,000m race walk record and the American Junior record (pending) that stood for two years.

Damien Leake broke the M65 world record in the 100m. While competing at the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival he clocked 12.31, narrowly beating the previous record of 12.33.

Kellyn Taylor won the 42nd Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota. After previously dropping out of the Boston Marathon due to hypothermia, Taylor captured first place with a personal best of 2:24:28, beating her former best time by over four minutes. In addition, she broke the course’s record by over two minutes and beat out 2,767 female competitors for the win.

Lanae-Tava Thomas, a senior from New York, won seven state titles at the high school state meet. Including prelims and finals, Thomas ran a total of 10 races and finished first in all but one of them. She competed in sprint events, setting the state record in the 100m with a time of 11.65 and the 4x100m relay with a time of 46.61.

Katelynn Tuohy, a sophomore at North Rockland High School, broke the 36-year-old high school mile record set by Polly Plumer in 1982. Tuohy ran a time of 4:33:87 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Track and Field Championship, breaking the previous record by 1.37 seconds and beating the rest of the field by over 15 seconds in the process.


Now in its 17th 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.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson.


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