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Suhr Named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week

3/6/2013
 
INDIANAPOLIS - Jenn Suhr has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an indoor world record of 5.02m/16-5.50 in the women’s pole vault to win the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday in Albuquerque.

Suhr had an outstanding day of vaulting as she soared past the American record and world record on her first attempt at each bar. The vault improved Suhr’s previous American record of 4.88m/16-0 from 2012 and marks the ninth time she has set the American record in the past six years.

This was Shur’s first world record, and betters Yelena Isinbayeva’s previous record of 5.01m/16-5.25 from 2012.

“I was in a groove tonight. I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Suhr said after her record-setting vault. “I wanted to perform well and perform what I am capable of, so I naturally put pressure on myself. I knew some big things could happen, I just need to be healthy and come down the runway.”

Suhr's record-setting vault
Now in its 12th 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.

2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr

WEEK IN REVIEW - FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3
From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

While most eyes were on the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, many NCAA Division I teams scrambled at last chance meets to nab qualifying spots for next weekend's national meet.

COLUMBIA -- Lopez Lomong set a pending American Record in the 5,000m with a 13:07.00 at the Armory in NYC on March 1. Chris Derrick moved to No. 4 on the all-time U.S. list in second at 13:12.00, with Andrew Bumbalough's 13:23.68 in third moved him to No. 7. Elliott Heath nabbed the 10 spot with his 13:33.22 in fourth.

Post-collegians also dominated the 1,000m as Brian Gagnon (2:18.26) and Mike Rutt (2:18.27) gave the New Jersey-New York TC the fifth and sixth fastest Americans ever.

Georgetown's women clocked the seventh-best U.S. time ever in the distance medley with a 10:57.95.

ARKANSAS -- Dropping his lifetime best by almost three seconds, Leoman Momoh of Arkansas took over the U.S. lead in the 800 at 1:46.07. That put him eighth on the all-time U.S. indoor list.

NOTRE DAME (oversize track) -- Penn State's men zipped to the third-fastest indoor DMR ever in any conditions with a 9:26.60 that was most notable for the fact that star half-miler Casimir Loxsom didn't run on it. In a different section, Princeton garnered the No. 5 spot on the U.S. ATL and Stanford grabbed the No. 6 position.

WASHINGTON -- Former 10,000m AR holder Chris Solinsky returned to the track after taking 2012 off, winning the 3000m in 8:05.38.

SOUTH PLAINS SWEEPS JUCO TITLES
Athletes from South Plains College (Texas) have dominated the JUCO ranks of late, and the Texans moved their team title tally to 30 with a sweep of the men's and women's trophies at Lubbock on March 2. Vernon Norwood led the SPC men with a 1:17.04 win in the 600, while Darroneshia Lott won the 1000, mile and 3000 for the Texan women.

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST TAKES NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
A sweep by Oklahoma Baptist was in the cards at the NAIA Championships at Ohio's SPIRE Institute, and the Bison didn't disappoint as they ran away with both trophies. Hannah Helker won the 1,000m and 5,000m, and Travis Hinton captured gold in the 600m to lead OBU.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MARCH 3

MEN
                  
60 METERS                                   
6.49         1                  Dangelo Cherry         Mississippi State         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
200 METERS                                   
21.09         2                  Jaquan Holland         Syracuse         2013-03-03         IC4A Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
21.04         1                  Gregory Turner         Wayland Baptist         2013-03-02         NAIA Ind
                                    
400 METERS                                   
45.82         1                  Jeremy Wariner         adidas         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
45.92         1f7                  Brycen Spratling         Pitt         2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
 
500 METERS                                   
1:01.24         1                  George Empty         George Mason         2013-03-03         IC4A Ind
                                    
600 METERS                                   
Oversized Track:                                   
1:17.04         1                  Vernon Norwood         South Plains         2013-03-02         JUCO Ind
                                    
800 METERS                                   
1:46.07         1                  Leoman Momoh         Arkansas         2013-03-01         Arkansas LC
                                    
1000 METERS                                   
2:18.26         1                  Brian Gagnon         NJNY TC         2013-03-01         Columbia LC
                                    
MILE                                   
3:58.79         1                  Will Leer         Nike         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
3:58.59         1f3                  Austin Mudd         Wisconsin         2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
3000 METERS                                   
7:53.46         1                  Dan Huling         Nike         2013-03-02         Columbia LC
Oversized Track:                                   
7:52.54         2                  William Mulherin         Virginia Tech         2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
5000 METERS                                   
13:07.00         1                  Lopez Lomong         Nike         2013-03-01         Columbia LC
                                    
60m HURDLES                                   
7.59         1h2                  Omoghan Osaghae         unat         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
4 x 400                                   
3:07.86         1f2                  George Mason                  2013-03-03         IC4A Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
3:06.55         1                  Florida State                  2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
4 x 800                                   
7:27.66         1                  Connecticut                  2013-03-03         IC4A Ind
                                    
DISTANCE MEDLEY                                   
9:46.80         1                  Monmouth                  2013-03-03         IC4A Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
9:26.60         1                  Penn State                  2013-03-01         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
HIGH JUMP                                   
2.26/7-5         1                  James Harris         Florida State         2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
POLE VAULT                                   
5.60(A)/18-4.50         1                  Jordan Scott         unat         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
LONG JUMP                                   
7.99(A)/26-2.75         1                  Jeremy Hicks         unat         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
                                    
TRIPLE JUMP                                   
16.59(A)/54-5.25         1                  Joshua Honeycutt         Phoenix Elite         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
SHOT                                   
21.80/71-6.25         1                  Ryan Whiting         Nike         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
WEIGHT                                   
23.51/77-1.75         1                  Thomas Freeman         Nike         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
                                    
HEPTATHLON                                   
6232         1                  Gunnar Nixon         unat         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
 
WOMEN
 
55 METERS                                   
6.80         1                  Kandace Thomas         Barton CC         2013-03-02         JUCO Ind
                                    
60 METERS                                   
7.08         1                  Barbara Pierre         Nike         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
200 METERS                                   
23.47         1                  Erica Peake         Coastal Carolina         2013-03-02         VaTech LC
Oversized Track:                                   
23.29         2                  Adella King         Indiana Tech         2013-03-02         NAIA Ind
                                    
400 METERS                                   
52.02         1                  Ebonie Floyd         unat         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
800 METERS                                   
2:02.64         1                  Ajee’ Wilson         adidas         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
1000 METERS                                   
2:47.95         1h2                  Julie McGilpin         Vermont         2013-03-02         ECAC Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
2:47.76         1                  Hannah Helker         Oklahoma Baptist         2013-03-02         NAIA Ind
                                    
MILE                                   
4:35.43         1                  Ashley Higginson         NJNY TC         2013-03-02         Columbia LC
Oversized Track:                                   
4:33.53         1                  Rebecca Tracy         Notre Dame         2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
3000 METERS                                   
9:08.91         1                  Emily Lipari         Villanova         2013-03-02         Columbia LC
                                    
5000 METERS                                   
15:55.60         1                  Corey Conner         Maine         2013-03-01         Columbia LC
Oversized Track:                                   
15:50.78         1                  Emma Bates         Boise State         2013-03-01         Washington LC
                                    
60m HURDLES                                   
7.93         1                  Nia Ali         Nike         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
4 x 400                                   
3:35.19         1f2                  Hampton                  2013-03-03         ECAC Ind
Oversized Track:                                   
3:33.57         1f3                  Texas A&M                  2013-03-02         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
4 x 800                                   
8:46.91         1                  James Madison                  2013-03-03         ECAC Ind
                                    
DISTANCE MEDLEY                                   
10:57.95         1                  Georgetown                  2013-03-01         Columbia LC
Oversized Track:                                   
10:56.66         1                  Michigan                  2013-03-01         Notre Dame Wilson
                                    
HIGH JUMP                                   
1.89/6-2.25         1                  Inika McPherson         unat         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
POLE VAULT                                   
5.02(A)/16-5.50         1                  Jenn Suhr         adidas         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
                                    
LONG JUMP                                   
6.80(A)/22-3.75         1                  Janay DeLoach         Soukup         Nike         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
                                    
TRIPLE JUMP                                   
13.65(A)/44-9.50         1                  Amanda Smock         Asics         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
SHOT                                   
19.41/63-8.25         1                  Michelle Carter         Nike         2013-03-03         USATF Ind
                                    
WEIGHT                                   
24.70/81-0.50         1                  Gwen Berry         Nike         2013-03-02         USATF Ind
                                    
PENTATHLON                                   
4478         1                  Sharon Day         Asics         2013-03-01         USATF Ind




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