O’Connor Named Athlete of the Week


Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS- All-time Masters great Nadine O'Connor has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning four events last week at the 2006 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

A 64-year-old resident of Del Mar, Calif., O'Connor won national titles in the women's 60-64 age-group in 100 meters (14.04) and 200 meters (29.53 seconds), and set meet records in winning the short hurdles (14.38 seconds) and pole vault (3.0 meters/9 feet 10 inches).

Also in Charlotte, Bill Collins of Houston, Texas, won the 100m, 200m and 400 meters for the fourth consecutive year at the USA Masters Championships with his victories in those events in the men's 55-59 division. Collins won national championships by running 11.26w seconds in the 100 meters, 23.44 seconds (meet record) at 200 meters and 53.05 seconds (meet record) in the 400 meters. Collins owns more than 80 masters national titles, 17 world masters crowns and has set nearly 20 world records during his remarkable Masters career.

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; February 21, Ryan Hall; February 28, Terrence Trammell; March 7, Ryan Harlan; March 14, Walter Davis; March 21, Bill Collins; March 28, Johnnye Valien; April 4, Deena Kastor; April 11, Trey Hardee; April 18, Meb Keflezighi; April 25, Deena Kastor; May 2, Alan Webb; May 9, Bershawn Jackson; May 16, Justin Gatlin; May 23, Kim Kreiner; May 30, Bryan Clay; June 6, Sanya Richards; June 13, Xavier Carter; June 20, A.J. Acosta; June 27, Lashinda Demus; July 5, Ebony Collins; July 11, Jeremy Wariner; July 18, Dominique Arnold; August 1, William Wynne; August 8, Nadine O'Connor.