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Ronnie Baker’s world-leading 100 earns him USATF Athlete of the Week


Ronnie Baker (Fort Worth, Texas) ran the world’s fastest time of the year in the 100m, clocking 9.87 seconds to win at the Skolimowska Memorial in Chorzów, Poland, and earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Baker beat a talented field and had a .23 margin over runner-up Mike Rodgers as he recorded his ninth wind-legal sub-10 100m of the season. He has also won four IAAF Diamond League races this summer and will try and win the overall title Friday in Brussels.

Other notable performances from the weekend:


Doreen McCoubrie — McCoubrie, 56, finished third overall at the USATF Masters Women’s Mile Championships, and set a 55-59 age group national record with her 5:33.

Alan Black — Black, 44, was the overall winner of the USATF Masters Men’s Mile Championship, finishing in 4:43.

Molly Watcke — Watcke, 47, was the women’s overall winner at the USATF Masters Mile Championships with a 5:25.

Jeannie Rice — Rice won the 70-74 age group at the USATF Masters Women’s Mile Championships with an age group national record of 6:37.

Colleen Quigley — Quigley set a lifetime best of 4:03.02 to win the 1500m at the Skolimowska Memorial.

Katie Nageotte — Nageotte cleared an outdoor personal best 4.80m/15-9 to win the pole vault at Beckum, Germany.

Darrell Hill — Hill won the shot put at the Meeting of the Stars in Warsaw, Poland, with a toss of 21.50m/70-6.5.

English Gardner — In her first race on the track since last July, Gardner won the 100m at Rovereto, Italy, in 11.02.


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 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker.

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