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Russell named Athlete of the Week


Melvin Jackson II
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
(317) 713-4670

INDIANAPOLIS – Blake Russell has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the women’s race Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minn.

In her marathon debut, the 28-year-old qualified for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 41 seconds. A native of Acton, Mass., Russell’s performance was the third-fastest marathon debut ever by an American woman. Only Deena Drossin (2:26:58 at the 2001 NYC Marathon) and Marla Runyan (2:27:10 at the 2002 NYC Marathon) have had faster debut times.

Earlier this season, Russell finished fourth in the women’s 10,000m at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships. As a collegian, she was the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference champion at 1,500 and 3,000 meters, and was an NCAA indoor All-American that year while at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Now in its third 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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2003 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 7, J-Mee Samuels; January 14, Kevin Toth; January 21, Michelle Collins; January 28, Natasha Hastings; February 4, Regina Jacobs; February 11, Gail Devers; February 18, Terrence Trammell; February 25, James Davis; March 4, Stacy Dragila; March 11, Deena Drossin; March 18, Michelle Collins; March 25, Brenda Taylor; April 1, Deena Drossin; April 8, Shawn Crawford; April 15, Deena Drossin; April 22, Kevin Toth; April 29, Torri Edwards; May 6, Allyson Felix; May 13, Matt Hemingway; May 20, Bershawn Jackson; May 27, Tisha Waller; June 3, Sanya Richards; June 10, Tim Seaman; June 17, Daniel Lincoln; June 25, Kelli White; July 1, Grace Upshaw; July 8, Allen Johnson; July 15, Jason Richardson; July 22, Shalonda Solomon; July 30, Jamie Nieto; August 5, Bianca Knight; August 12, Kim Kreiner; August 19, Chryste Gaines; August 27, Kelli White; September 3, Allen Johnson; September 9, Sandra Glover; September 16, Gail Devers; September 22, Justin Gatlin; September 30, Eddy Hellbuyck; October 7, Blake Russell.

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