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Wood breaks high jump record to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Alison Wood (Aumsville, Oregon) broke the women’s masters 45-49 indoor world record in the high jump to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Wood, 45, cleared 1.66m/5-5.25 at the Jacksons Invitational in Nampa, Idaho, to top the existing world record of 1.65m/5-5 set in 2012 by South Africa’s Dinah Heymans. She had already broken the old American indoor record three times this season, adding three inches to Phil Raschker’s 1995 mark. Wood won the 1991 Oregon high school title for Newberg High School and cleared 1.68m/5-6 as a Western Oregon University student


Other notable performances from the past weekend:

Shelby Houlihan — Houlihan won the individual women’s 10K title by nine seconds in 32:47 at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, leading her Bowerman TC to the team trophy.

Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir was the men’s 10K individual champion at the USATF Cross Country Championships, clocking 28:53 to edge Emmanuel Bor.

Kenny Bednarek — Indian Hills CC freshman Bednarek ran a world-leading 20.30 for 200m at the Nebraska Sevigne Invitational. The time ranks him =8th on the all-time U.S. indoor list.

Ajee’ Wilson — Wilson won the 800m in a world-leading 1:59.26 at the JDL Fast Track Camel City Invitational, the fastest women’s time ever run on a non-banked indoor track.

Marisa Sutera Strange — Strange, 55, became the oldest winner ever of the masters women's race at the USATF Cross Country Championships. Colleen DeReuck who was 50 years old when she won the title at Boulder in 2015, previously held that honor.

Clayton Murphy — Murphy set a “flat track” world best in the men’s 800m at the JDL Fast Track Camel City Invitational, winning in 1:45.92. His time was also an indoor PR for the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist.

Now in its 18th 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.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood.


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