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Taylor Ewert tallies third American U20 record at the USA vs. Canada Junior Race Walk Match to take USATF Athlete of the Week


Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, OH) broke her third U20 American record (pending) of the season with a win in the women’s 5km road race walk at the USA vs. Canada Junior Race Walk Match in Toronto, Ontario.

The 16-year-old walking wonder set American Junior records (pending ratification) of 22:38.16 in the 5km track race walk and 45:57.81 in the 10km race walk earlier this season before directing her focus to the dual championship in Toronto. She walked away from the pack and shattered race walking sensation Maria Michta-Coffey’s 2005 record of 23:44.00 as she crossed the finish line in 23:07.07. As she heads into her junior year Ewert will shift gears to start training for her high school cross country season.  

Other notable performances:

Ajee’ Wilson -- Continues to bring attention to the women’s 800m with her NACAC Senior Championship win. Wilson broke the NACAC championship and stadium record of 2:00.48 by nearly three seconds in the women’s 800m as she clocked a 1:57.52 for the win.

Darrell Hill -- Broke the championship and stadium record in the men’s shot put at the NACAC Senior Championships with his 21.68m/71-1.50 toss. Hill bested the competition by more than half a meter with his third attempt heave and knocked down Jonathan Jones’ 2015 championship record by more than a meter.

Brenda Guajardo -- Won the Badwater-135 ultramarathon with a personal record of 28:23:10 after dropping out of last year’s race. Two weeks after losing a running partner to suicide Guajardo broke her foot in five places two miles into the same race in 2017. The 41-year-old reevaluated her training and came back this year healthier and stronger to win the ultramarathon with a personal best time.

Shamier Little -- Broke the NACAC Championship 400m hurdles record of 54.35 by more than a second with her 53.32 win. Little pulled away from the pack, beating the closest competitor, Janieve Russell of Jamaica by half a second. The previous stadium record of … toppled by a second and a half.

Keni Harrison -- Etched her name into the NACAC record books twice at the 2018 NACAC Senior Championships. Harrison ran a quick qualifying round, breaking the 100m hurdles record with a 12.66. In the final race she clocked a 12.55 from lane three to better her own record and take the win.   

David Sinclair -- Won the USATF 50km Trail Championships by more than 20 minutes. The 26-year-old of Peru, Vermont completed the rugged 50km course in 4:17.36, 21 minutes ahead of Simi Hamilton’s 4:38.53.

Now in its 17th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert.


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