Spearmon named Athlete of the Week

02-14-2006

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Vicky Oddi
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field
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INDIANAPOLIS - Wallace Spearmon has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the men's 300m and 4x400m relay in record times over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The 2005 World silver medalist in the 200m, Spearmon ran a world best 31.88-second 300 meters and split 45.94 seconds for his 400 meter leg of the world record setting relay. His performance in the 300 meters gave Spearmon a bonus of $25,000, put up by Tyson for anyone who posted a world best mark at the meet.

Other notable performers over the weekend were Spearmon's teammates in the 4x400 meter relay. With an overall world record time of 3:01.96, Kerron Clement, Darold Williamson, and Jeremy Wariner all had stellar splits running 46.1, 45.18, and 44.74 seconds respectively. The quartet split a world record bonus of $25,000.

Now in its sixth 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.

2006 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 3, Walt Henning; January 10, Amandi Rhett; January 17, Kevin Eastler; January 24, Marisa Hanson; January 31, Me'Lisa Barber; February 7, Reese Hoffa; February 14, Wallace Spearmon.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING FEB. 12

MEN

60 - 6.56 Terrence Trammell (Mizuno) & Tyson Gay (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 =U.S. leader

200 - 20.66 Kelly Willie (LSU) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11

300 - 31.88 Wallace Spearmon (Nike) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 World Record

400 - 45.89 Xavier Carter (LSU) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11 U.S. leader (reg. track)

800 - 1:46.63 Sam Burley (Asics) - Boston, MA 2/11 U.S. leader

Mile - 3:55.87 Jason Lunn (Nike) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 U.S. leader

3000 - 7:41.59 Adam Goucher (Nike) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 U.S. leader

5000 - 13:44.09 Stephen Haas (Indiana) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 U.S. leader

60H - 7.61 Joel Brown (Nike) - Eaubonne, FRA 2/10

HJ - 2.25/7-4.5 Andra Manson (Texas) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11

PV - 5.71/18-8.75 Brad Walker (Nike) - Seattle, WA 2/12

LJ - 8.16/26-9.25 Miguel Pate (Nike) - Goteborg, SWE 2/8

TJ - 16.54/54-3.25 Rafeeq Curry (Florida St.) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11

SP - 20.98/68-10 Dan Taylor (Nike) - Ames, IA 2/11

WT - 23.53/77-2.5 A.G. Kruger (Ashland Elite) - Findlay, OH 2/10

Hept - 5395 Neil Hines (Iowa St.) - Ames, IA 2/10

***4x400 - 3:01.96 (Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon, Darold Williamson, Jeremy Wariner) World Record

WOMEN

60 - 7.10 Lisa Barber (Reebok) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10

200 - 22.89 Shalonda Solomon (South Carolina) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11 U.S. leader

400 - 52.38 Monique Henderson (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10

800 - 2:03.50 Alice Schmidt (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10

Mile - 4:30.60 Tiffany McWilliams (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10

3000 - 9:07.65 Ari Lambie (Stanford) - Fayetteville, AR 2/11

5000 - OT 15:45.45 Amy Hastings (Arizona St.) - Seattle, WA 2/11

60H - 7.93 Danielle Carruthers (Nike) - Valencia, ESP 2/11 =U.S. leader

HJ - 1.95/6-4.75 Amy Acuff (Asics) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 =U.S. leader

PV - 4.65/15-3 Jenn Stuczynski (Suhr Sports) - Ypsilanti, MI 2/11

LJ - 6.75/22-1.75 Tianna Madison (Nike) - Fayetteville, AR 2/10 U.S. leader

TJ - 13.67/44-10.25 Tiombe Hurd (Nike) - Sheffield, ENG 2/11 U.S. leader

SP - 17.83/58-6 Jillian Camarena (Unat.) - Seattle, WA 2/11

WT - 22.99/75-5.25 Brittany Riley (Southern Illinois) - Ames, IA 2/10 World leader