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Janet Bawcom named USATF Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS -- As the top American finisher Saturday at IAAF Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Great Britain, Janet Bawcom earns USATF Athlete of the Week.


Bawcom (Rome, Georgia) finished the 13.1 miles in a season best 1:10:46 for 11th place, just eight seconds outside of the top-10, and helping the U.S. women to a fifth place overall ranking in the field. Her splits included 16:35 at 5 km and 49:41 just under the midpoint at 10 km.


The following are other notable performances from the week:

Curtis Thompson (Florence, New Jersey) of Mississippi State had a U.S.-leading javelin throw of 81.03m/265-10 for the win at Florida State Relays in Tallahassee.

Jaide Stepter (Tucson, Arizona) of USC ran a world-leading 50.91 in the 400 meters at the Power Conference Cardinal & Gold Challenge in Los Angeles, and she helped the Trojans to a world lead in the 4x400 at 3:29.73.

Shayla Sanders (Pompano Beach, Florida) of the University of Florida ran a world-leading 11.13 in the 100m and a U.S.-leading 22.77 in the 200m at the USC meet.

Eric Futch (Darby, Pennsylvania) took over the world lead in the 400m hurdles with a close finish at USC in 49.45, which matched his lifetime best.

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, 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; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom.

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