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Shorey named Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – 2008 Olympic Trials third-place finisher Ben Shorey has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after finishing first Sunday at the 2011 USA 50 km Race Walk Championships in Tustin, California.

A resident of Kenosha, Wis., Shorey took command of the race from the beginning and was never challenged in winning his first 50 km national title in 4 hours 16 minutes. Two-time Olympian and six-time U.S. 20 km champion Tim Seaman of Imperial Beach, Calif., was the runner-up in 4:25:18, with Patrick Stroupe of Armstrong, Mt., third in 4:27:23. 
The women’s winner was Erin Talcott of Shore AC in 5:11:04, with Kathryn Grimes of Sherwood, Ore., the runner-up in 5:20:32 and Teri Storc of San Diego, Calif., third in 6:44:16.
Now in its tenth 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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26, Ben Shorey.

WEEK IN REVIEW -- JANUARY 17-23 (From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken)
Reigning world indoor and outdoor shot put champion Christian Cantwell, who has said he will undergo shoulder surgery after the Millrose Games, opened his brief 2011 indoor season with a world-leading win at Nordhausen, Germany, tossing the 16-pounder 21.21 meters/69-7. Reese Hoffa was second with a 21.00m/68-10.75 effort.
At the New Balance Games at New York's Armory, Olympic and World Indoor relay gold medalist Natasha Hastings won the 400m in a season-best 52.29, which at the time was a world-leading mark.
Multi-talented Ashton Eaton, who set the heptathlon World Record last year while a senior at Oregon, prepped for the Millrose Multi Challenge with a quartet of quality showings at the Princeton Relays, including PRs in the 60mH (7.68) and shot (14.18m/46-6.25).
World #1 400m hurdler Bershawn Jackson moved up from his comfort zone to race over 800m at Virginia Tech's Hokie Invitational, finishing second in an indoor PR 1:54.42.
One of the men who will line up against Bernard Lagat in the Wanamaker mile, Rob Novak, became the 350th U.S. man to join the sub-4:00 club with his 3:59.70 at the New Balance meet. Craig Miller won the race with a U.S.-leading 3:59.10.
American 3000m steeplechase record holder Jenny Simpson (nee Barringer) showed she has lost nothing after missing seven months due to a hip injury, clocking a world-leading 4:28.60 in the mile at the New Balance Games.
Reigning NCAA outdoor men's and women's champions Texas A&M played the role of unfriendly host to SEC behemoth LSU, taking a pair of dual meet wins at College Station, winning the men's title 84-75, and the women's by a 91-67 margin. 2009 World 4x400m relay gold medalist Jessica Beard had a stellar 200/400 double for the Aggies, zipping to a world-leading 22.95 in the deuce and a 52.97 in the long dash.
Indiana's Andrew Bayer led three Hoosiers under 8:00 in the 3000 at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington with his world-leading PR 7:48.35, making him the 10th-fastest collegiate performer ever.
Gwen Berry of Southern Illinois added more than seven feet to her personal best in the women's 20-pound weight throw, moving to #8 on the U.S. all-time performers list with her 22.71m/74-6.25 toss.
Clemson's Stormy Kendrick, who won 200m gold for Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championships, ripped to a world-leading 7.22 in the 60m at the Hokie Invitational. 
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