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Eight-year-old doubles for AOW

3/16/2016
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Middle distance phenom Da’mira Allen was the youngest athlete to complete a single-day double Sunday during 2016 USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.
 
Allen (Chester, Pennsylvania) of the Chester Cheetahs won consecutive medals in the 400 and 1500 meters, as she finished the quarter mile in 1:08.02 to lower the listed 1:12.40 by more than four seconds before blazing to a record-breaking 5:21.87 in the 1500m. Her 1500m time improved the age-group best of 5:34.85 by more than 12 seconds.


Other notable performances of the week included:
 
  • Senaca Milledge, Jr. (Fort Myers, Florida) also became a single day, two-event champion, winning the 15-16 boys 55m and 200m races in record-breaking fashion. He ran 22.20 to break the 200m record in prelims Friday before blazing to the fastest finals finish of the meet in 21.71. His second championship gold came in the 55m as he ran a scorching 6.50 for the win. However, Milledge had already slashed the previous 55m record in prelims, when he clocked 6.34 on Friday.
 
  • Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) broke the national high school record in the 400m at New Balance Indoor Nationals, where she ran 51.84 In the 4x400m relay, she moved her team from third to first place on the bell, recovering a more than 50 meter gap to take the lead and the win with a 51.6 split.
 
  • Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) broke her own national high school high jump record by clearing 1.99m/6-6.25. The mark is also a World Junior indoor record and is the highest women’s high jump in the world so far in 2016.
 
  • Tonea Marshall (Arlington, Texas) twice broke the national high school record in the 60H at the NBIN, and her 8.02 in the final was only .01 off of the World Junior record.
 
  • Grant Holloway (Chesapeake, Virginia) set a national high school record in the 60H with his 7.53 at NBIN, and also broke the old 55H record en route with a 7.00.
 
Now in its 15th 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 USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
 
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen.
 
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