Suhr Named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS - Jenn Suhr has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an indoor American record in the pole vault of 4.88m/16-0 to win the event at Saturday’s New Balance Grand Prix in Boston.
After failing to clear a height in the women’s pole vault last weekend at the U.S. Open, Suhr returned to the second stop on USATF’s Indoor Visa Championship Series in Boston with avengence. On her very first jump of the competition, Suhr soared over the 16-foot high bar to improve her previous American record of 4.86m/15-11.25, which she set last year at the USA Indoor Championships.
“The first meet was rough,” said Suhr. “So to come back and set an American Record was very exciting, but to come out there and make it on the first attempt, I was shocked.”
Suhr is now the #2 indoor vaulter of all time, and owns the best vault in the world this year.
“To do it in Boston, where it all started with my first Indoor Championships, was very special. It meant a lot.”
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
WEEK IN REVIEW -- JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5
by USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
CAMARENA-WILLIAMS BLASTS NEAR-AR IN SHOT OPENER
Jill Camarena-Williams, who set an American Record indoors last year, opened her Olympic year campaign in bold fashion Feb. 4 with a world-leading 19.62/64-4.5 at the NAU Open in Flagstaff.
Camarena-Williams had four throws over 19m as she finished less than a foot off her AR.
A&M MEN, CLEMSON WOMEN TOPS IN BIG APPLE
In what has become one of the premier collegiate indoor meets on the schedule, the New Balance Collegiate Classic at the Armory featured team titles for the Texas A&M men and Clemson women. Unusually, considering their traditional sprint prowess, the biggest win of the meet for the Aggies came in the distance medley, where they powered to a 9:29.71, the fastest time in the world in 2012. Just behind them, an all-U.S. team from Oklahoma was also salty, clocking 9:30.13. Columbia had the fastest time in the world this year to win the 4x800 in 7:25.47.
Clemson went 1-2 in the women's 60 hurdles, with Brianna Rollins and Bridgette Owens both notching a 7.97 to move to =8th on the all-time U.S. collegiate list. BYU's 4x800 grabbed the world lead with an 8:37.97, while Lauren Centrowitz moved atop the U.S. 1500 list with her 4:14.06.
A high school record fell to Strymar Livingston of the Bronx in the 600, where he beat his own prep standard with a 1:17.58.
LOLO GO GO IN MOSCOW
US Open 50H winner Lolo Jones stayed undefeated in 2012, hurdling to a world-leading 7.89 in the 60H at Moscow on Feb. 5.
RARE AIR YIELDS BIG JUMPS AT ABQ
World Championships silver medalist Will Claye triple jumped to the U.S. lead at Albuquerque with a 16.69/54-9.25 at the New Mexico Classic. In the high jump, Erik Kynard of Kansas State matched his own national-leading 2.31/7-7 to take gold.