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Meiler’s 10 Masters golds earn her USATF Athlete of the Week honors

7/17/2019
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Florence Meiler (Shelburne, Vermont) won 10 gold medals at the 2019 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Meiler, 85, won her 10 titles over four days of competition in Ames, Iowa, and set pending world age group records in the 80m hurdles (26.98) and pole vault (1.50m/4-11). She also set pending American records in the 2,000m steeplechase (19:13.27), discus (16.82m/55-2) and triple jump (5.20m/17-0.75). In addition to her record-setting exploits, Meiler won the 100m, high jump, long jump, hammer and pentathlon.


Full results are here.


Other notable performances from the previous week:


Roy Englert — Englert bettered the world record in the men’s 95-99 5,000m at the USATF Masters Championships, slashing more than seven minutes off the previous record with a 42:30.23.


William Jankovich — Jankovich won 11 out of 12 USATF Masters events he competed in at Ames, Iowa. Jankovich bettered the world record in men’s 85-89 age group 200m hurdles in 51.89.


Katie Burnett — Burnett bettered the American record in the women’s 50,000m race walk on the track with a 4:29:46 at San Diego. She also set pending AR’s for 25K, 30K, 35K and 40K en route.


Christian Taylor — Taylor set a meet record at the Monaco Diamond League stop, triple jumping a season-best 17.82m/58-5.75 to beat world leader Will Claye.


Ajee’ Wilson — Wilson won the 800m at the Monaco Diamond League meet in an outdoor season-best 1:57.73, the fastest time by an American this year.


Karissa Schweizer — Schweizer ran the fastest 5,000m by an American woman in 2019 to win the Sunset Tour meet at Azusa, clocking 15:01.63.


Keni Harrison — Harrison ran a U.S.-leading 12.43 to win the women’s 100m hurdles at Monaco’s Diamond League meet.


Sydney McLaughlin — McLaughlin won the Monaco DL women’s 400m hurdles with a world-leading 53.32.


Alexis Johnson — Johnson bettered the USATF youth national record in the girls’ 9-10 age group triathlon with a score of 1,188 points at the Region 12 Championships.


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 USATF.org. 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; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler.

 

We welcome your nominations!


To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org

 

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