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Michael Norman breaks collegiate record to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Michael Norman (Murrieta, California) broke the 400m collegiate record at the NCAA Outdoor National Championship last Friday in Eugene, Oregon to win USATF Athlete of the Week.


The sophomore from Southern California won the NCAA national title in the 400m with a time of 43.61. He is now the collegiate 400m record holder, breaking the previous record by 0.09 seconds previously held by Fred Kerley (47.00). Norman's college coach Quincy Watts, 1992 Barcelona Olympics gold medalist in the 400m and 4x400m relay, held the record (44.00) for 25 years before Kerley.  Norman’s record is the sixth fastest 400m mark of all time. He also ran a leg of the 4x4 relay and helped his team take first with a time of 2.59.00.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Gwen Berry: Gwen Berry broke the American record in the hammer throw with a toss of 77.78m on her first attempt in Chorzow, Poland. With this mark, Berry reclaimed the American hammer record she previously held just six days after it was broken by DeAnna Price.

Kendall Ellis: A senior from the University of Southern California, Kendall Ellis ran the fourth leg of the 4x4 relay in a time of 50.05 for first place. She narrowly passed Georgia, the runner up, by 0.07 seconds with an incredible kick to solidify the NCAA women’s team title for USC. Ellis also competed in the 4x1 relay placing third and the open 400m with a time of 50.19 to take second.

Maggie Ewen: A senior at Arizona State, Maggie Ewen claimed two NCAA national titles in the discus and shot put. She threw a distance of 19.17 meters for shot put and 60.48 meters in discus. She is now a four-time national champion and 11-time All-American in the throwing events.

Lynna Irby: Lynna Irby, a freshmen at Georgia, captured the NCAA national title in the 400m with a time of 49.80; this time is a new meet record, the second fastest time in collegiate history, and the second fastest time this year behind Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who ran 49.52. Irby also ran the 200, placing third with a time of 22.92 seconds.

Sydney McLaughlin: Kentucky freshmen Sydney McLaughlin won the 400m hurdle NCAA title with a time of 53.96 in rainy and cold conditions, beating the runner up by almost two seconds; she also ran the third leg of the 4x4 relay with a split of 50.03 to help her team place fourth. She is the current junior world record holder in the 400m hurdles.

Maria Michta-Coffey: Maria Michta-Coffey won the USATF 5k Race Walk Championship. She finished with a time of 22 minutes and 22 seconds, coming in ahead of the runner up by well over 2 minutes. Michta-Coffey was about 30 seconds shy of her current American record in the 5k.

Keturah Orji: Georgia’s Keturah Orji won the NCAA national title in the triple jump with a jump of 14.04 meters and the long jump with a mark of 6.67 meters. Orji is now a consecutive four-time NCAA outdoor national champion in the triple jump and she holds the American triple jump record.

Now in its 17th 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.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13th, Michael Norman.


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