Camarena-Williams Named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS – In a week marked by no fewer than three American records, Jillian Camarena-Williams has been named USA Track & Field’s Athelete of the Week after bettering her own American record with a mark of 19.89m/65-3.75 in the shot put at the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Ark.
This was the third time in 12 months for Camarena-Williams to add her name to the history books. She previously set the American record indoors in February of 2011 and tied the record outdoors in July of 2011.
“I'm still working on a lot of things and I'm still trying to tweak my technique,” Camarena-Williams said following her performance. “I'm very happy with (the meet). Something like this motivates me to keep working hard and I'm looking forward to the next five to six months and see where I'm at."
With Camarena-Williams most recent accomplishment, she now owns five of the top ten indoor throws ever by an American woman. This was Camarena-Williams’ sixth time to throw more than 19 meters indoors.
Camarena-Williams was not alone in her record-setting over the weekend. Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp traded records in the men’s 5,000m and two mile. Competing at the Millrose Games, the eight-time Wannamaker Mile victor Lagat moved up in distance to set the 5,000m indoor American record of 13:07.15. Lagat’s time bettered Rupp’s record of 13:11.44 from 2011 in Birmingham, England and highlighted the 105th running of the Millrose Games. Rupp responded by claiming the national record in the two mile in his debut at the distance. At the USATF Classic, Rupp improved on Lagat’s time from 2011 of 8:10.07 by nearly a second to improve the record to 8:09.72.
The USATF Weekly Wrap-up, including a report from Millrose and other meets around the country, will be published Wednesday.
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