Daprano named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeanne Daprano has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting three age-group world records at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships March 16-18 in Bloomington, Ind.
Daprano (Fayetteville, Ga.) scored one W75 record on each day of the three-day meet. Daprano first set the world record in the 400m in 1:21.28 before she demolished the previous W75 mile record of 8:05.93 by more than 50 seconds to set a new mark of 7:13.51.
On the final day of competition, Daprano not only set a world record in the 800m at 3:18.48, but also set an American Record in the 200m at 36.53. Daprano’s 200m time was also faster than the previous world record, but Christa Bortingnon of Canada won the race as a guest competitor and claimed the new world record of 34.53.
“I am thrilled at what my body is able to do,” Daprano said after her mile record. “They don’t run the mile at the World Indoor Championships so this was the only place to get this record. All of the older athletes here - I am just thrilled to see how well they are doing.”
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 21, J
WEEK IN REVIEW - MARCH 12-18
from USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
FLYING FROG DASHES TO 100 WL
2010 World Junior 100 silver medalist Charles Silmon of TCU used one of the day's few wind-legal moments on March 16 to zip to a lifetime-best and world-leading 10.18 in Fort Worth. In a separate heat, three-time World Championships 200 medalist Wallace Spearmon clocked a windy 10.06.
Olympic 400 silver medalist Jeremy Wariner opened his outdoor campaign with a breezy 20.66 in the 200, the fastest time of the day.
AGGIE JAV ACE UPS PR IN TEMPE
Texas A&M's Sam Humphreys added almost five feet to his personal best in the javelin at the Baldy Castillo meet in Tempe, Ariz., on March 17, flailing a U.S.-leading 78.19/256-6 on his second attempt. Gusting winds carried A&M's Ameer Webb and 2009 World Youth champ Prezel Hardy to 10.05w and 10.15w in the 100.
HOT HURDLES, SKY JUMPING BY PREPS
Florida high schooler Artie Burns, a junior at Miami's Northwestern HS, moved to No. 7 on the all-time prep 110H list with his 13.35 at the Hayes Invitational March 17 in Jacksonville. It was the fastest prep 110H time ever in the month of March.
A basketball star who also likes to high jump like his dad, 1996 Olympic champ Charles, Allex Austin of San Marcos, Texas, cleared an outdoor nation-leading 7-1 at the TSU Relays in Houston.
HENRY, CAMPBELL TOP 70 METERS IN HAMMER
On opposite coasts, Britney Henry and 2011 Pan Am Games bronze medalist Amber Campbell whirled the women's hammer past the 70-meter mark. Henry had the second-best throw of her life at the Oregon Preview, winning at 70.73/232-0, while Campbell stayed close to home in Conway, S.C., to win the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational with a toss of 70.48/231-3.