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Woodard runs world record to win USATF Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS -- Multi-time USATF and WMA champion Allen Woodard earns USATF Athlete of the Week after breaking his own M45 400m world record on Saturday, March 18.

Woodard (Houston, Texas) broke his own listed M45 400m world record at the Texas Southern University Relays, clocking a 49.09 finish to cross fifth overall against a field of collegians more than half his age. Woodard, whose 49.09 translates to an age-graded 43.7, has a previous best of 49.12 from a 2016 meet at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The listed world record is Woodard’s 49.69 from the 2015 Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University.

Woodard has won USATF Athlete of the Week multiple times in his masters track & field career. Most recently, he took home the honor following the 2016 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, where he set a then-world record of 49.32 in the M45 400m.

Other notable performances include:

  • David Angell (Blue Ridge, Virginia) won the USATF Masters 8K Road men’s title on Saturday, March 18. Angell claimed his first Masters title in 25:24.
  • Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota) of Arizona State set an American collegiate record in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday. Ewen tossed a mark of 72.71m/238-6 to break 2016 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion DeAnna Price’s previous record of 72.66m/238-4.
  • Molly Huddle (Elmira, New York) took home her third straight women’s title at the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, finishing in 1:08:19. Huddle ran the third-fastest time in the history of the event.
  • Brian Pilcher (Ross, California) lost nearly five weeks of training in January and early February due to a foot injury, but didn’t let that stop him at the USATF Masters 8K Road Championships. Pilcher won the men's age-grading title in a time of 28:14, just seven seconds off the M60-64 American Record.
  • U.S. Paralympian Susannah Scaroni (Tekoa, Washington) won the women’s wheelchair race at the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, crossing in 55:06.
  • Perry Shoemaker (Vienna, Virginia) roared off from the starting line to take a substantial lead in the USATF Masters 8K women’s race, hitting the 2-mile mark in 11:37 and taking the overall win in 29:54.

Now in its 16th 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.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard.

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Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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