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USATF News & Notes - Thursday, September 19, 2019


Thorpe Cup

Team USATF women came out victorious in the heptathlon at the 2019 Thorpe Cup, a multis duel meet between the U.S. and Germany. At the close of day one Team USATF held a narrow 33-point lead over Germany with Emilyn Dearman tied for first with Anna Maiwald. Deaman closed out competition with a strong victory in the 800m (2:15.03) to secure an individual second place finish overall and the team win by 174 points. Michelle Atherley (5,859) finished third overall, with Alissa Brooks-Johnson (5,675) fifth.

In the decathlon, the American men cruised through day one with a 392-point lead and had built a seemingly insurmountable 767-point lead after seven events. And then the wheels came off. A pair of no-heights inn the pole vault put the Germans back in the hunt, but Team USATF still maintained an 82-point lead before the 1500m. But they could not hold on and the German team produced a 217-point margin in the final event to win by 135 points. Scott Filip was the top finishing American in second place overall with 7,756 points, Jack Flood finished fourth (7,601), Mitch Modin was fifth (7,594).

Thorpe Cup results can be found here.

Welcome to the Hall of Fame

Wallace Spearmon Jr., a two-time Olympian and four-time World Outdoor Championship medalist was inducted along with 14 former University of Arkansas student-athletes into the university’s Sport Hall of Honor on Saturday. Spearmon was a three-time NCAA 200m Champion, with his first title in 2004 being the first in Razorback history. At the IAAF World Championships, he claimed 200m silver in 2005, gold in the 4x100m relay and 200m bronze in 2007, and bronze in the 200m in 2009. Spearmon reached significant heights in 2012 in bringing the total number of times he has broken the 20-second-barrier in the 200m to 24. In doing so Spearmon passed Michael Johnson (23) and tied Frankie Fredericks on the all-time list. In March of 2012 Spearmon won the Bobby Lane Invitational in a time of 19.95, which was the earliest in a season anyone had run sub-20 in the northern hemisphere outdoors. He established the American 200m indoor record twice at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships by running 20.21 in the semifinals before lowering it to 20.10 in the final.

Elected to USOPC AAC Leadership Team

Moushaumi Robinson  - The 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 4x400 was recently elected to the six-person USOPC AAC leadership team as an at-large member. Since 2016, Robinson served as USATF’s alternate on the USOPC’s Athletes’ Advisory Committee. The 2003 Pan Am Games 4x400m gold medalist, Robinson led Team USA to its first Pan Am gold since 1991. A three-time Big 12 Indoor champion and the 2003 Big 12 Outdoor champion while at the University of Texas, Robinson is a veteran of six USATF National Teams and won bronze in the women’s 4x400m relay at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2008. She currently serves as Head Varsity Track & Field Coach at First Academy in Orlando, Florida.

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