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