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Murphy captures USATF Athlete of the Week following double Des Moines victories

5/3/2017
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy earns USATF Athlete of the Week honors following a dominant stint in Des Moines that saw him win two titles in five days at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships and the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.


Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) began his week with a victory at the Grand Blue Mile featuring the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships. Through halfway, nine men were shoulder-to-shoulder, spread out across the road. Murphy made his move with 200m to go and charging hard to the finish, put a small gap between he and the rest of the field, crossing the line in 3:59.96. Watch Clayton’s mile victory on USATF.TV +PLUS.


In the men’s 1500m at the Drake Relays Saturday, Murphy impressively won his third race in even days. Fellow Olympian Hillary Bor stayed close for most of the race, but it turned into a two-man battle between Murphy and Johnny Gregorek over the final meters. Murphy sped past Gregorek for the win in 3:41.75. Watch Clayton’s 1500m victory on USATF.TV +PLUS.


Murphy’s double win in Des Moines, preceded by a gold in the men’s 4x800m at the IAAF World Relays April 23 and a world-leading 800m (1:43.60) at the Mt. SAC Relays April 15, caps off a stellar April for the Ohio native.


Other notable performances:

  • Miki Barber (Montclair, New Jersey) ran a 50.90 split to help Team USA set a world record Saturday, winning the USA vs. The World 800-meter sprint medley relay at the USA vs. the World in 1:35.59.
  • Bill Collins (Houston, Texas) set a M65 world & American record at the Penn Relays, winning the 100m in an astonishing 12.33 and surpassing the previous M65 mark of 12.37.
  • Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota) broke her own collegiate record in the hammer with a throw of 72.81m/238-10 at the Duel in the Desert (ASU vs. Arizona).
  • Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) set a world-leading time in the women’s 100m hurdles, winning the Drake Relays Rio Rematch Saturday in 12.56.
  • LSU’s Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, Louisiana) ran a world-leading 10.85 in the 100 (a low-altitude collegiate record) and helped LSU tie the collegiate record in the 4x100 at 42.12 at the SEC Relays.
  • Rio Olympian Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) continued his winning ways, capturing the USATF Half Marathon Championships title in 1:03:04 at the Cap City Half in Columbus.
  • Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) ran a US#1 3:38.92 with her Union Catholic High School team to finish third to two Jamaican high school teams in the 4x400m relay at the Penn Relays. McLaughlin split a Penn Relays-record 50.37 as the anchor in the final Friday, eclipsing her previous record of 50.78 set in the heats of the event on Thursday.
  • Natosha Rogers (Littleton, Colorado) won her first USATF title Saturday, taking home the USATF Half Marathon Championships crown Saturday in 1:10:45 at the Cap City Half.
  • Kentucky senior Sha'Keela Saunders (Suffolk, Virginia) jumped a world leading 6.79m/22-3.50 in the long jump to win at the SEC Relays.
  • Alby Williams (Bethesda, Maryland) won the men's M85 100m at Penn Relays Saturday, finishing in 14.75. His performance earned him the Penn Relays Participant of the Day.

Now in its 16th 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.


2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy.


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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