Brenda Martinez named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brenda Martinez wins USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after earning two medals at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, May 24-25.
Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, California) was a member of both the women’s 4x800-meter relay and 4x1500-meter relay teams, contributing to one gold medal and one silver medal respectively. She finished the 4x800m in 8:01.58, splitting 57.4, her fastest one-lap split of the day.
Martinez had her best season to date in 2013, when she secured a spot at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships by finishing runner-up in her signature 800m. She was also the 2012 USA Indoor Championships runner-up in the same event, and she won her first international medal at World Outdoors, earning a bronze in 800m with a time of 1:57.91.
Other top performers this week included Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York), who was a member of the women’s 4x400m relay team that won gold with a time of 3:21.73 at the IAAF World Relays event. Hastings ran a 50.0 split, which was the second-fastest leg of the race. LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Virginia) bided his time on the anchor leg of the men's 4x400m relay, waiting until the last 150m before passing Michael Mathieu of the Bahamas over the last 50 to split 43.8 and deliver a 2:57.25 victory at the IAAF World Relays. Christy Cazzola (Kaukauna, Wisconsin) of UW-Oshkosh won the 800m, 1500m and 5000m at the NCAA DIII Championships in Delaware, Ohio, May 24-25.
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; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez.
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