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Harrison earns second Athlete of the Week nod of 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Recording the world’s fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles this year, Keni Harrison wins USATF Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Spec Towns Invitational on the University of Georgia campus Saturday, April 9.


Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) started the outdoor season with a 12.36 finish, just 0.14 off her PR and the fastest wind-legal season opener in track & field history. Her 12.36 goes down as the fifth-fastest American time and equals ninth on the world all-time list.


“I’m grateful and blessed to have had a successful start to my professional career,“ said Harrison. “I’m honored to be recognized by USATF and looking forward to  the next competition.”


“Obviously, this season has left me aiming even higher. I’m hungrier and determined to train hard and go after my goals.”


Harrison was named USATF Athlete of the Week on Jan. 27 after a world-leading 60mH victory Jan. 23 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky.


Other notable performances of the week were:


  • Devon Allen (Phoenix) ran the opening leg of Oregon's winning 4x100m relay, broke a 12-year-standing 110mH meet record in 13.40, won the 400m hurdles in 52.25 and came back for the second leg of Oregon’s ‘A’ 4x400m relay team at the 2016 Pepsi Invitational.
  • DeAnna Price (Moscow Mills, Missouri) of Southern Illinois took over the U.S. lead in the hammer throw with her 72.48m/237-9 toss at the Auburn Tiger Classic. It ranks her fourth in the world in 2016 and eighth on the all-time U.S. performers list.
  • Ariana Washington (Signal Hill, California) ran 11.34 to set a meet record in 100m at the 2016 Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. She also anchored the 4x100m relay team's finish of 42.88, which broke the previous meet record of 43.27, set in 2010.
  • Michael Norman (San Diego), a senior at Murrieta High School, ran a meet record and 2016 U.S. high school best 400m Saturday, when he closed in 45.51 at the 49th Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High. An hour earlier, Norman ran the first leg on the winning 4x100m relay, which finished in 40.63 for the third-fastest high school time in the nation this year and the third-best ever at Arcadia.
  • Lauren Rain Williams (Corona, California), a junior at Oaks Christian School, won the 100m in 11.64, defending her Arcadia title by .06 and posting the fourth-fastest high school time in the nation this year. Two hours later, she won the 200m by almost a full second in 23.37 before she anchored the winning 4x400m relay team.


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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Keni 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; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison.


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