INDIANAPOLIS – Wallace Spearmon (Bryan, Texas) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 200m on Saturday at the UTA Bobby Layne Invitational in Arlington, Texas, with a world leading time of 19.95.
After suffering from an achilles injury in 2011, the three-time world medalist and two-time USA Outdoor champion in the 200m proved that he was back, recording the 22nd sub 20 run of his life – tying Usain Bolt. The two are on track to catch Michael Johnson who has 23 sub 20 times and Frankie Fredericks who has the most all-time with 24.
A time this fast, this early in the year is anything but common as it’s the earliest anyone has recorded a sub-20-second time in the Northern Hemisphere outdoors. With his outstanding performance in Arlington, Spearmon looks to continue his success throughout this Olympic year.
“I’m finally healthy, and things are coming together,” Spearmon said. “What I’ve been doing is working. I honestly didn’t realize how early it is. This (the number of sub-20-times) is also something I’ve paid attention to. It doesn’t make a difference to a lot of people, but I do want to have the most sub-20 times ever. I want to be at the top of the list.”
Now in its eleventh 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 27, Wallace Spearmon
WEEK IN REVIEW -- MARCH 19-25
from USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
WHAT'S UP DOC? THE FASTEST DASH IN THE WORLD, THAT'S WHAT
Slightly overshadowed by the excellent 19.95 by Wallace Spearmon in the 200 (see AOW), Doc Patton dashed to the fastest 100 in the world this year at the Bobby Layne Invitational in Arlington, Texas, clocking 10.04.
LaShauntea Moore rolled to a 22.94 to take the women's 200, the second-fastest outdoor time of the year.
COLLEGIATE TITANS CLASH AT USC
Southern Cal's 4x400 of Bryshon Nellum, Joey Hughes, Reggie Wyatt and Josh Mance rocketed to a world-leading 3:02.24 at the USC Invitational in Los Angeles, edging another traditional power, Texas A&M (3:03.16) in the process.
Mance earlier took the open 400 in 45.65, while the Aggies' Michael Preble, who had the third carry for the Ags, snagged a quick 800 win in 1:46.43. Wyatt dipped under 50 in the 400 hurdles with a 49.95 win.
Oregon freshman Sam Crouser, who set a high school record in 2010 and reshirted last year, opened his collegiate javelin career with a 73.02/239-7 victory.
HOT HAMMERS AT WEATHER-SHORTENED BASKIN RELAYS
Two-time Olympian A.G. Kruger uncorked an impressive 75.46/247-7 hammer throw to lead three men past the 70-meter mark at South Carolina's Baskin Relays. Andy Fryman (71.25/233-9) and Garland Porter (71.14/233-5) were the other 70m men.
Not to be outshone, 2011 Pan Am bronze medalist Amber Campbell had her eighth-best throw ever with a 70.59/231-7 effort.
KITCHENS RIDES WIND PAST 27'
George Kitchens rode a 2.7 mps breeze to an 8.27w/27-1.75w long jump win at the Georgia Relays, and upped his lifetime best by 16cm in his series with a wind-legal 8.14/26-8.5.
MCCALL TAKE THROWS TRIFECTA AT VANDY
NCAA indoor 20-pound weight champ Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois, the daughter of former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall, scored a nifty throws trifecta at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, winning the shot at 17.72/58-1.75, the discus at 55.69/182-8, and the
hammer at 69.39/227-8.
BIG TEN-SEC CHALLENGE
Isiah Young of Ole Miss ran the second-fastest 100 in the world this year at 10.16 to highlight the conference battle between the Big Ten and the SEC at Starkville, Miss.. The northern men won the team scoring, while the southern women were dominant. The other noteworthy performance was a 2.25/7-4.5 win in the high jump by Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss.
BRUINS WRANGLE HORNS IN WESTWOOD DUAL
UCLA's men took the measure of visiting Texas, 85-77, led by Michael Woepse's 5.55/18-2.5 pole vault win.
3 GO SUB-44 AT UCF INVITATIONAL
Clemson led three women's teams under 44.0 in the 4x100 at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, taking top honors at 43.50. Host UCF clocked 43.58, with Ohio State third at 43.88.
Freshman Octavious Freeman, the NCAA indoor 60 runner-up, ran second on the UCF relay and was second in the 200 with a windy 22.92. She also debuted in the long jump with a leap of 6.05/19-10.25.
OLIVER OFF TO STRONG START IN 110H
2008 Olympic bronze medalist and American Record-holder David Oliver hurdled to the world lead in the 110H at the Disney Invitational March 24 with his 13.30 into a 3.2 mps wind. Oliver had a 13.37 in the prelims, also with a headwind.