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Felix named USATF Athlete of the Week

5/16/2012
 
INDIANAPOLIS - Allyson Felix has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday.

Felix, the two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200m, dropped down from her signature distance to defeat the reigning Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, both of Jamaica.

Felix’s time is the third fastest in the world this year, and set a personal and meet record.

Now in its 11th 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, Jeanne Daprano; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron; April 9, Kevin Castille; April 18, Brittney Reese; April 25, Amy Sproston; May 2, Leo Manzano; May 9, Stephanie Brown-Trafton; May 16, Allyson Felix

Learn more about Allyson Felix through her USATF bio, and follow her on twitter at @AllysonFelix.

Video of Felix’s race via Universal Sports


USATF Week in Review
by USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

JETER LEADS TRIO OF U.S. WINS IN CAYMAN INVITE
Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter won the 100m in 11.04, ahead of Jeneba Tarmoh's PR 11.13, at the Cayman Invitational in George Town. Two other U.S. wins came from World Indoor triple jump champ Will Claye in the long jump (7.97m/26-1.75) and two-time World Championship 100m hurdle finalist Ginnie Powell (12.66).

MADISON EN FUEGO IN PONCE
World Indoor 60 bronze medalist Tianna Madison showed she will be a contender in the longer sprints this summer after picking up a nifty sprint double with a pair of lifetime bests at the Ponce GP in Puerto Rico. Madison won the 100m in 11.01 and added the 200m title in 22.37. She also was third in the long jump at 6.48m/21-3.25.

Other top performances by Americans included a 50.72 season-best 400m win for Natasha Hastings and a 2:00.19 victory for Maggie Vessey in the 800m. Ryan Wilson downed world champ Jason Richardson in the 110m hurdles with both clocking 13.43, and Walter Davis took the triple jump at 16.85m/55-3.5. Lauren Bonds captured the 1,500m at 4:16.16.

HOT HAMMERIN' IN THE ATL
Gwen Berry had the second best meet of her life with a throw of 70.90m/232-7 to take the measure of Amber Campbell (70.21m/230-4) in the hammer at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Sixth in that event was Shelby Ashe of Throw 1 Deep, who had the third-best throw ever by an American junior with her 64.28m/210-11.

Jeremy Wariner was a runaway winner in the men's 400m with a 45.04, while Dexter Faulk nabbed a 13.23 110m hurdle win over Terrence Trammell (13.39).

HALL DOUBLE DASH CHAMP AT TEXAS PREP MEET
South Grand Prairie's Abraham Hall zipped to a speedy sprint double in the 5A boys' state meet in Texas, clocking 10.19 in the 100m to move to No. 7 on the all-time prep performers list, and 20.58 in the deuce. DeSoto's boys relayed to a 40.09 in the 4x100m to move to equal No. 9 on the all-time list, and in the smaller divisions, Jarrion Lawson of 3A Liberty-Eylau long jumped 25-8 and won the triple jump at 51-10.25.

Plano East's Jennifer Madu was a quadruple gold medalist, winning the 100m/200m/LJ/TJ combo.

Conference Recap
BIG 10
Men - Wisconsin; Women - Ohio State
Craig Forys of Michigan slashed his PR in the 3,000m steeplechase to a collegiate-leading 8:28.90, and Miles Ukaoma of Nebraska won the 400m hurdles in 49.23, a personal best by more than a second. Penn State's Joe Kovacs uncorked a huge PR of 20.85m/68-5 to win the shot. That throw was more than two feet better than his previous PR.

Illinois freshman Ashley Spencer burst onto the national scene with her long-sprint double, taking the 200m in 22.99 and the 400m in 51.02. That 400m time moved her to No. 6 on the all-time U.S. Junior performers list.

BIG 12
Men - Texas A&M; Women - Texas
2009 World Youth 100m champion Prezel Hardy won the sprint double for Texas A&M, riding the wind to a 10.03w in the 100m and dropping his lifetime best to 20.33 in the furlong.

Aggie teammate Ashley Collier knocked more than a quarter-second off her 100m PR to win in 11.01, and Diamond Dixon of Kansas clocked 51.09 to take the 400m.

BIG SKY
Men - Northern Arizona; Women - Sacramento State
Amber Henry of Weber State won the 1,500m in 4:22.26 and added gold in the steeplechase at 10:09.62 in the altitude at Bozeman.

BIG WEST
Men - UC-Santa Barbara; Women - UC-Davis
Another titanic 800m battle saw 2011 World Championships team member Charles Jock of Cal-Irvine edge Ryan Martin of Cal-Santa Barbara 1:44.75-1:44.77. Jock's time was the fastest ever run in a conference meet.

CONFERENCE USA
Men - Houston; Women - UCF
Torie Bowie of Southern Miss blasted a 6.78m/22-3 PR in the long jump, making her the No. 9 all-time U.S. collegiate performer. UCF freshman Octavious Freeman won the 100m in 11.09 and paced her 4x100m squad to a 43.47 victory.

GREAT WEST
Men & Women - Utah Valley
Cal-Bakersfield's Justin Taylor dramatically lowered his PR's in the 100m (10.27) and 200m (20.84) to take the sprint double. Utah Valley's McKell Camp-Nielson also had a huge PR in the women's javelin, winning at 50.87m/166-10.

MID-AMERICA
Men - Akron; Women - Kent State

MISSOURI VALLEY
Men - Indiana State; Women - Wichita State
Southern Illinois star Jeneva McCall won the shot, discus and hammer, and Illinois State's Tim Glover, last year's NCAA champ, took the men's javelin with a 77.58m/254-6 toss.

MOUNTAIN WEST
Men - Air Force; Women - TCU
Amanda Bingson of UNLV won the women's hammer at 67.94m/222-11.

PAC-12
Men & Women - Oregon
Arizona's Georganne Moline again set a PR in the 400m hurdles with a 55.12, and  English Gardner captured the women's sprint double in 11.00w/22.82 for the host Ducks. Mary Kate Anselmini of Stanford moved to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. junior performers list in the 3,000m steeplechase with a 10:15.16 to take fourth.

USC's comeback kid Bryshon Nellum was the one-lap king with his 45.20 400m win.

SEC
Men - Arkansas; Women - LSU
One of the greatest sprint doubles in collegiate history came from LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan. The defending NCAA 200m champion, Duncan ripped to a 10.96 in the 100 to become the third-fastest collegian ever, and she followed up with a windy 22.12 in the 200m. For good measure she anchored the 4x100m to victory in 43.27.

Andrew Irwin of Arkansas set a U.S. junior record in the men's pole vault, adding one centimeter to the old mark with his 5.72m/18-9.25 clearance. Freshman Morgann LeLeux of Georgia PR'ed in the women's pole vault to win at 4.44m/14-6.75, while Florida freshman Ciarra Brewer won the triple jump with a lifetime-best 13.58m/44-6.75.

SOUTHLAND
Men - UTSA; Women - Stephen F. Austin
James Johnson of host Texas State took the 200m in 20.61

SUMMIT LEAGUE
Men & Women - North Dakota State
Bethany Buell of South Dakota topped 14-0 again, winning the women's pole vault at 4.28m/14-0.5.

SUN BELT
Men - Western Kentucky; Women - North Texas
Sharika Nelvis or Arkansas State took the women's 100/200m in 11.39/23.49.

WAC
Men - Idaho; Women - Utah State
Chelsea Hayes of Louisiana Tech had a windy 11.15 to win the 100m and also struck gold in the 200m and long jump. Hayes grabbed one more title in the 4x100m.

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