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Demus named Athlete of the Week
6-4-2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Joe Hughes
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field
(317) 261-0478 x357
Joe.Hughes@usatf.org

University of South Carolina freshman Lashinda Demus has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting a world junior record of 54.85 seconds in the 400m hurdles on Friday at the NCAA Division I Championships. In addition to her win in the hurdles, Demus ran the anchor leg on South Carolina’s winning 4x400m relay, which set an American collegiate record with a time of 3:26.46. She also finished third in the 400m, leading South Carolina to the women’s team title. It was South Carolina’s first-ever NCAA title in any sport.

Demus’ was not the only impressive performance at the NCAA Championships. Serene Ross of Purdue threw an American record of 195-8 (59.64m) in the women’s javelin, Florida sophomore Rickey Harris won the men’s 400m hurdles in a U.S.-leading 48.16, and Sam Burley placed second in the 800m in a U.S.-leading time of 1:45.39.

American athletes turned in top performances at events around the world last week. Kevin McMahon’s hammer throw of 249-0 (75.90) in Sacramento, Calif., is the best by an American this year. Decathlete Tom Pappas racked up 8,583 points in Gotzis, Austria, which is the best by an American this year. The point total was a personal best for Pappas, who was fifth at the 2000 Olympics. Shelia Burrell is now the world leader in the women’s heptathlon after scoring 6,363 points in winning at Gotzis.

Marla Runyan won the USA 5k road title Saturday at Freihofer’s in Albany, N.Y; Peter De La Cerda won the 2002 USA Men’s Half-Marathon Championship Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri; and Amber Antonia and John Nunn won titles at the New Balance USA 15k Race Walk Championships Sunday in Evansville, Indiana.

Now in its second year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF Web site. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2002 USATF Athlete of the Week winners: January 3, Jim Garcia; January 8, Mary Louise Michelsohn; January 15, Tamara Diles; January 22, Miguel Pate; January 29, Regina Jacobs; February 5, Jeff Hartwig; February 12, Meb Keflezighi; February 19, Curt Clausen; February 26, Jeff Hartwig; March 5, Nicole Teter; March 12, Jeff Hartwig; March 19, Aretha Hill; March 26, Deena Drossin; April 2, Kim Fitchen; April 9, Deena Drossin; April 16, Khalid Khannouchi; April 23, Kenta Bell; April 30, Suzy Powell; May 7, Deena Drossin; May 14, Savante Stringfellow; May 21, Adam Nelson; May 28, Kevin Toth; June 4, Lashinda Demus.

TOP OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES, WEEK OF JUNE 3

400 METERS – 44.93 – Rickey Harris (Florida) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

800 METERS – 1:45.39 – Sam Burley (Pennsylvania) at NCAA Outdoor Championships (U.S. leader)

1,500 METERS – 3:40.27 -Dan Wilson (Connecticut) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

3,000-METERS STEEPLECHASE – 8:22.34 – Daniel Lincoln (Arkansas) at NCAA Outdoor Championships 110-METERS HURDLES – 13.46 – Duane Ross at Cottbus, Germany

400-METERS HURDLES – 48.16 – Rickey Harris (Florida) at NCAA Outdoor Championships (U.S. leader)

POLE VAULT – 18-8.25 (5.70m) – Brian Hunter (Texas) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

LONG JUMP – 26-6.25 (8.08m) – Walter Davis (LSU) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

TRIPLE JUMP – 56-10.75 (17.34m) – Walter Davis (LSU) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

SHOT PUT – 65-11 (20.09m) – Andy Bloom at Hengelo, Netherlands

HAMMER THROW – 249-0 (75.90m) – Kevin McMahon at Sacramento, Calif. (U.S. leader)

JAVELIN THROW – 244-9 (74.61m) – Nathan Junius (Texas) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DECATHLON – 8,583 points – Tom Pappas at Gotzis, Austria (U.S.leader)

WOMEN’S 100 METERS – 11.28 – Muna Lee (LSU) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 200 METERS – 22.66 – Muna Lee (LSU) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 400 METERS – 50.87 – Me’lisa Barber (South Carolina) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 800 METERS – 2:03.81 – Tyrona Heath (Georgetown) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 1,500 METERS- 4:14.71 – Heather Sagan (Liberty) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 3,000-METERS STEEPLECHASE – 9:56.07 – Mollie Defrancesco (James Madison) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 5,000 METERS – 15:53.91 – Lauren Fleshman (Stanford) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 100-METERS HURDLES – 12.84 – Danielle Carruthers (Indiana) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S 400-METERS HURDLES – 54.85 – Lashinda Demus (South Carolina) at NCAA Outdoor Championships (world junior record)

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – 44-0 (13.41m) – Teresa Bundy (Florida State) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S SHOT PUT – 57-0.25 (17.38m) – Jessica Cosby (UCLA) at NCAA Outdoor Championships WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW – 204-5 (62.30m) – Suzy Powell at Sacramento, Calif.

WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW – 220-6 (67.21m) – Jamine Moton (Clemson) at NCAA Outdoor Championships

WOMEN’S JAVELIN THROW – 195-8 (59.64m) - Serene Ross (Purdue) at NCAA Outdoor Championships (American record)

WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON – 6,363 points – Shelia Burrell at Gotzis, Austria (world leader)

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