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Gray’s decathlon AR wins her USATF Athlete of the Week


Jordan Gray (Ball Ground, Georgia) set an American record (pending ratification) in the women’s decathlon to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Gray, who was the silver medalist in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and seventh in the heptathlon at the outdoor meet for Kennesaw State, scored 7,921 points at the National Women’s Decathlon Championships in San Mateo, California. The previous American record of 7,577 was set in 2000 by Tiffany Lott-Hogan. Gray’s score moved her to third on the world all-time list and was the highest score in the world since 2006.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Matthew Boling — Boling swept the sprint titles at the USATF U20 Championships in Miramar, winning the 100m in 10.15w and the 200 in 20.36. He also placed third in the long jump. Boling’s 200m time puts him at No. 10 on the all-time high school list.

Anna Hall — Hall defended her heptathlon title at the U20 meet, scoring 5,646 points. Only she has ever scored higher as a high schooler, and she missed her meet record by only 14 points.

Mark Minichello — Penn’s Minichello had the fourth-farthest throw by an American in the javelin this year, winning the U20 gold with a 77.15m/253-1 that also elevated him to No. 2 on the all-time U.S. U20 list.

Taylor Ewert — Ewert dominated the women’s 10,000m race walk at the U20 Championships, breaking her own meet record with a 48:24.61 that gave her a margin of victory of more than seven minutes.

Gunnar Linde — Linde set an M90 American masters record in the 1,500m at the USATF Western Regional Championships, clocking 8:59.83.

Now in its 18th 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.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray.


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