INDIANAPOLIS -- Kaylin Whitney has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after a setting two high school bests, a world youth best and the fifth fastest American junior time at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships last weekend in Eugene, Oregon, July 5-6.
Whitney (Clermont, Florida), started her impressive weekend in the 100 meters, setting the fastest high school women’s time in the event with a wind legal 11.17 in the first heat of prelims. The 16-year-old high school sophomore capped off Day One by setting the fifth fastest American Junior time in history, 11.10 to capture the title. On Day Two she also set a world youth best and national high school record, running a 22.49 in the 200m.
“I think this one (200m best) surprised me more than the 100 because my PR before this one was just 22.8 so by that much,” she said. “It was insane. I’m so happy right now. The sky’s the limit, you can only go up from here. I have to take all this in stride and train at home and bring it out in a few weeks when I come back.”
Whitney is the reigning Florida Class 4A state champion in the 100 and 200m, and she won the Class 3A titles in both events as only a freshman last year. She also won the adidas high school girls’ Dream 100m (11.27) at the adidas Grand Prix in New York. She qualifies for the World Junior Championships, also held in Eugene, between July 22-27.
Other top performers from this week include:
Christo Landry (Ann Arbor, Michigan), who won his third straight USARC title with the top finish in the USA 10 km Championships at Peachtree in Atlanta with his time of 28:25. He previously won the USA 10 Mile and USA 25 km Championships and is in first place with 52 points, nearly doubling Chris Derrick’s 27 points for second place in USARC standings.
Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) set an American Junior record in the 100m hurdles to compliment her American junior records and multi-event NCAA titles in both indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. Williams finished in 12.87 for the new mark, which took down the 12.91 set by Kristi Castlin in 2007. Williams is traditionally a multi-event specialist, who focused on hurdles during USATF Juniors.
Now in its 13th 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.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen, July 7, Kaylin Whitney.
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