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Eric Harrison Jr. takes three trips to the podium at World U20 Championships to earn USATF Athlete of the Week


Eric Harrison Jr. (Washington, D.C.) closed an impressive freshman campaign with Ohio State as he picked up three medals for Team USATF at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Harrison doubled up for bronze in Tampere with a 20.79 in the 200m and personal best of 10.22 in the 100m. The BIG 10 200m champion went on to lead the men’s 4x100m relay to a gold medal in a World U20 leading time of 38.96.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Taylor Ewert broke her own American Junior record in the 10,000m race walk at the World U20 Championships with a tenth place time of 45:57.81. Ewert’s time bettered her USATF Junior Outdoor Championships record time by more than three minutes. It was the best placing ever by a U.S. woman in the walk at the U20 Championships and she now ranks No. 6 in American history in 10,000-meter race walk performances on the track.

Lesley Hinz set two records at the USATF West Regional meet. In the W60 division, Hinz broke the world record of five years in the mile with a time of 5:39.84. The 60-year-old narrowly missed another world record but broke the American record in the W60 800m with a time of 2:34.60.  


Tia Jones won the 100m hurdle title at the World U20 Championships. The high school junior clocked 13.01 to take Team USATF’s only individual gold at the meet by 0.002 seconds.


Clayton Murphy claimed the first gold medal for the United States at the Athletics World Cup. Murphy kicked into gear on the final sprint to clock a 1:46.52 in the men’s 800m.


Dana Baker became the first American to medal in the javelin at the World U20 Championships. Baker picked up Team USATF’s first medal of the meet as she launched her second throw 55.04m/180-6 for bronze.


Kenny Selmon hurdled his way to gold  in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Athletics World Cup. The UNC star recovered after hitting the seventh hurdle and powered through the final sprint to finish with a time of 48.97.


Adrian Piperi III set the American U20 shot put record at the World U20 Championships with a throw of 22.06m/72-4. Piperi’s silver medal toss was just one centimeter shy of gold.


Cha’iel Johnson dominated the 13-year-old girls division at the AAU National Club Championships. Johnson won the 800m in 2:12.27, 1500m in 4:42.68, and 400m in 56.19 to end the meet with three gold medals and two American records.

Sue McDonald broke a 22-year-old outdoor W55 800m American record (pending) running 2:28.88 at the USATF Western Association Masters Championships at West LA College this past weekend.

Now in its 17th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.


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