Dix named Athlete of the Week

06-01-2005

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INDIANAPOLIS - Walter Dix has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting an American junior record in the men's 100 meters Friday at the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

A freshman at Florida State University, Dix won his heat in 10.06 seconds to lead all competitors in the 100m qualifying round. With his time, Dix of Coral Springs, Fla., bettered the American junior record of 10.07 set by Stanley Floyd in 1980 and DaBryan Blanton in 2003. The 19-year-old ran 10.22 to win the men's 100m final and also clocked 20.23 seconds to win the men's 200m which ranks #4 on the U.S. junior all-time list.

Other outstanding performances from last weekincluded 2002 NCAA Outdoor champion Tracey O'Hara setting a new personal best in winning the women's pole vault at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open with a clearance of 4.60m/15 feet, 1 inch.O'Hara becomes the #4 performeron the U.S. all-time list and is also the second-best in the world this year. Hyleas Fountain scored 6502 points at Gotzis to finish third in the women's heptathlon. Fountain becomes the#4 performer on the U.S. all-time list.

Now in its fifth 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.

2005 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 4, Amy Rudolph; January 11, Dathan Ritzenhein; January 18, Janine Davis; January 25, Wallace Spearmon Jr.; February 1, Erin Gilreath; February 8, LaShawn Merritt; February 15, LaShawn Merritt; February 22, Walter Davis; March 1, Angela Daigle; March 8, Gov. Mike Huckabee; March 15, Kerron Clement; March 22, Lauren Fleshman; March 29, Deena Kastor; April 5, Deena Kastor; April 12, Tianna Madison; April 19 Alan Culpepper; April 26, John Godina; May 3, Amy Rudolph; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Erica McLain; May 24, John Godina: June 1, Walter Dix.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MAY 30

MEN

100 - 10.06 Walter Dix (Florida St.) - New York, NY 5/27 American Junior Record (#2 all-time World junior)

200 - 20.02 Xavier Carter (LSU) - Bloomington, IN 5/28

400 - 44.76 Darold Williamson (Baylor) - Norman, OK 5/28

800 - 1:45.19 David Krummenacker (adidas) - Stanford, CA 5/30

1500 - 3:38.29 Chris Estwanik (Nike Farm Team) - Stanford, CA 5/30

3000SC - 8:33.25 Andy Smith (North Carolina St.) - New York, NY 5/28

5000 - 13:20.57 Jorge Torres (Reebok) - Stanford, CA 5/30

10,000 - 27:33.47 Abdi Abdirahman (Nike) - Hengelo, HOL 5/29 U.S. leader (#6 US all-time performer)

110H - 13.18 Allen Johnson (Nike) - Hengelo, HOL 5/29 U.S. leader

400H - 48.47 Kerron Clement (Florida) - New York, NY 5/28

HJ - 2.25/7-4.5 Jesse Williams (USC) - Eugene, OR 5/27

PV - 5.75/18-10.25 Jake Pauli (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

LJ - 8.17/26-9.75 Miguel Pate (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

TJ - 16.86/55-3.75 Aarik Wilson (Indiana) - Bloomington, IN 5/27

SP - 21.93/71-11.5 John Godina (adidas) - Stanford, CA 5/30

DT - 63.31/207-8 Carl Brown (Nike) - Hengelo, HOL 5/29

HT - 78.25/256-8 Kibwe Johnson (Unattached) - Marietta, GA 5/29 U.S. leader (#7 US all-time performer)

JT - 80.45/263-11 Brian Chaput (NYAC) - Stanford, CA 5/30

Decathlon - 7997 Ryan Harlan (Unattached) - San Juan, PUR 5/29

WOMEN

100 - 11.13 Marshevet Hooker (Texas) - Norman, OK 5/28

200 - 22.91 Cleo Tyson (Tennessee) - Bloomington, IN 5/28

400 - 50.78 Monique Henderson (UCLA) - Eugene, OR 5/28

800 - 2:01.44 Frances Santin (Santa Monica TC) - Stanford, CA 5/30

1500 - 4:08.26 Jen Toomey (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

3000 - 9:28.00 Alisha Williams (Western St.) -Abilene, TX5/27

3000SC - 10:07.29 Cassie Hunt (Illinois) - Bloomington, IN 5/28

5000 - 15:15.63 Lauren Fleshman (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/29 U.S. leader

10,000 - 34:00.43 Carter Hamill (Amherst) - Waverly, IA 5/26

100H - 12.65 Michelle Perry (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

400H - 54.37 Shauna Smith (Wyoming) - Norman, OK 5/28

HJ - 1.90/6-2.75 Chaunte Howard (Georgia Tech) - New York, NY 5/28

PV - 4.60/15-1 Tracy O'Hara (adidas) - Stanford, CA 5/30 U.S. leader (#4 US all-time performer)

LJ - 6.73/22-1 Grace Upshaw (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

TJ - 13.70/44-11.5 Shakeema Walker (Unattached) - Hengelo, HOL 5/29

SP - 18.55/60-10.5 Kristin Heaston (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/30

DT - 60.83/199-7 Seilala Sua (Nike) - Stanford, CA 5/29

HT - 70.14/230-1 Erin Gilreath (NYAC) - Stanford, CA 5/29

JT - 56.94/186-10 Sarah Malone (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 5/28

Heptathlon - 6502 Hyleas Fountain (Nike) - Gotzis, AUT 5/29 U.S. leader (#4 US all-time performer)

Other notable performance:

WTJ - 45-7.5w (+3.8) Brittany Daniels (California HS) - 5/27 at Sacramento (best any-conditions women's U.S. Junior/prep TJ ever)