INDIANAPOLIS -- Keni Harrison
earns USATF Athlete of the Week after a world-leading 60-meter hurdles victory Jan. 23 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky.
(Clayton, North Carolina), who made it to the semifinal at 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, ran 7.86 in prelims before moving up to eighth all-time on the U.S. list with a sweeping 7.83 victory in the final.
"I'm honored to be named USATF Athlete of the Week," said Harrison. "I was pleased to start my indoor season well."
In just her opening meet of the season, Harrison’s preliminary and finals finishes are the two fastest times in 2016.
"Running a PR in my first race of the year only motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing in training," she continued. "I look forward to pushing on from here as I work toward my broader goals the rest of the year."
Named Female Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, she was also recognized at the NCAA Convention as one of the 2016 Today’s Top 10 Award winners based on her successes on the track, in the classroom and in the community.
Harrison will next compete Feb. 5 at the Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting in Germany.
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 www.usatf.org
. 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.
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