INDIANAPOLIS - Trevor Barron has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after finishing as the top American at the IAAF Race Walking Cup Trials 20 km in 1:22:13 on April 1 in Eugene, Ore.
Barron bettered the Olympic “A” standard of 1:22:30 as he finished third overall, with guest competitors from Colombia and Ecuador taking the top two spots. Barron’s performance places him as the No. 2 U.S. race walker of all-time based on record-eligible performances. Barron sits behind his coach and American record holder Tim Seaman by 11 seconds.
Barron is currently in his second semester at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where he plans to pursue a degree in computer science or math. Barron quipped that, “coming down from 6,000 feet makes sea level feel pretty easy.”
“I knew I was capable of walking the ‘A’ standard and I was pleased when I did,” he said. “I hope to be even faster in Russia, then the Olympic Trials and the Olympics.”
Barron will next compete at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia on May 12.
Read more about Barron in the latest issue of United Hemispheres magazine..
Now in its eleventh 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.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron
WEEK IN REVIEW - MARCH 26-APRIL 1
from USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
ACUFF RE-EMERGES, AUBURN ROMPS, VAUGHN HSR AT TEXAS RELAYS
36-year-old Amy Acuff opened her campaign for a fifth-straight Olympic berth in the high jump at the Texas Relays, nabbing the Olympic “A” standard with her 1.95m/6-4.75 clearance. Acuff, who has also competed in eight outdoor world championship meets, was competing for the first time since the 2009 WC's.
Auburn's 4x100m team of Marcus Rowland, Harry Adams, Michael DeHaven and Keenan Brock zipped to a 38.30 victory, the fastest time by a collegiate squad since 2002, to move to No. 3 on the all-time "fastest schools" list.
Prep action was highlighted by a national record in the girls' discus by Shelbi Vaughan of Mansfield, Texas. Vaughan, the 2011 Pan Am Junior gold medalist and IAAF World Youth third-placer, whirled the one-kilogram platter 58.36m/191-6 to add 15 inches to the previous record.
Florida speedster Marvin Bracy, last year's USA Junior and Pan Am Junior champ in the 100m, won the century in a windy 10.06, the fifth-fastest prep time ever in any conditions.
Other noteworthy performances included a 44.58 anchor leg by Jeremy Wariner for the Central Texas All-Stars' 4x400m, and a windy 10.89 in the 100m for Sanya Richards-Ross. She later anchored an all-star 4x400m to a world-leading 3:27.03 win, teaming up with Jasmine Chaney, Jessica Cousins and Shelise Williams.
Local favorite Isaac Murphy of Texas took over the world lead in the decathlon with his PR of 8067, while Texas A&M won the men's 4x800m with a swift 7:15.99. Chelsea Hayes of Louisiana Tech clocked a world-leading 11.20 in the prelims of the women's 100m, and added a windy 6.86m/22-6.25 in the long jump.
MASS. PREP RUNS EYE-OPENING 10K
Cayla Hatton of Andover, Mass., exploded onto the national distance running radar Saturday at the Snowflake Invitational in Medford, where she ran a 33:17.28 for the 10,000m. The 17-year-old Hatton ran under the Olympic Trials “B” standard as she moved to No. 2 on the all-time prep list.
WADE, MANNING CLICK IN ARIZONA SHOOTOUT
2009 World Championships team member Bettie Wade added 91 points to her PR in the heptathlon at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson with a 6143 point win.
In the 100mH, Ohio State's Christina Manning, the NCAA 60mH champ last month, moved to equal 6th on the all-time collegiate performer list with her 12.68. Clemson's Brianna Rollins (12.78) and Bridgette Owens (12.88) in second and fourth made it one of the greatest early-season collegiate races ever in the event.
IRWIN VAULTS UP JUNIOR A-T LIST
Razorback freshman Andrew Irwin climbed to equal the 3rd performer on the all-time U.S. Junior list with his 5.60m/18-4.5 clearance in the pole vault at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.