Flanagan named Athlete of the Week

02-10-2009

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Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
317-261-0500

INDIANAPOLIS - Shalane Flanagan has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week setting the American Indoor record in the women's 5,000 meters Saturday at the 2009 Reebok Boston Indoor Games.

Already the owner of three American records and the 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist, Flanagan crossed the line in the women's 5,000m in 14 minutes 47.62 seconds smashing Marla Runyon's previous record of 15:07.33, set in 2001. It is the sixth-fastest time ever run indoors and a 2009 world leader. Her record brought Flanagan a $25,000 bonus check, gave her the lead in the Visa Championship Series (1,212 points) and the Team USA Athlete of the Meet award presented by Visa.

Now in its eighth 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.

2009 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 8

MEN

60 - 6.52 Jacoby Ford (Clemson) - Blacksburg, VA 2/7

200 - 20.65 Greg Nixon (Asics) - Eaubonne, FRA 2/6 World leader

400 - 46.41 Jeremy Orr (Michigan State) - Notre Dame, IN 2/7

800 - 1:48.79 ot Tyler Mulder (Northern Iowa) - Notre Dame, IN 2/7

1500 - 3:39.60 er Chris Lukezic (Reebok) - Boston, MA 2/7

Mile - 3:56.04 Chris Lukezic (Reebok) - Boston, MA 2/7

3000 - 7:35.41 Bernard Lagat (Nike) - Stuttgart, GER 2/7 World leader

5000 - 14:00.07 Patrick Smyth (Notre Dame) - Notre Dame, IN 2/6

60H - 7.45 David Oliver (Nike) - Stuttgart, GER 2/7 World leader

HJ - 2.34/7-8 Jesse Williams (Nike) - Arnstadt, GER 2/6

PV - 5.76/18-10.75 Jeremy Scott (unat) - Linz, AUT 2/5

LJ - 8.03/26-4.25 Matt Turner (unat) - Albquerque, NM 2/7

TJ - 16.43/53-11 Zuheir Sharif (Texas A&M) - New York, NY 2/7

SP - 20.58/67-6.25 Reese Hoffa (NYAC) - Malmo, SWE 2/3

WT - 22.84/74-11.25 A.G. Kruger (Nike) - Allendale, MI 2/6

WOMEN

60 - 7.19 Lisa Barber (adidas) - Boston, MA 2/7

200 - 23.17 Shalonda Solomon (Reebok) - Boston, MA 2/7

400 - 52.06 Francena McCorory (Hampton) - New York, NY 2/7

800 - 2:03.05 Alice Schmidt (adidas) - Boston, MA 2/7

1500 - 4:10.96 er Lindsey Gallo (Reebok) - Boston, MA 2/7

Mile - 4:27.90 Lindsey Gallo (Reebok) - Boston, MA 2/7 World leader

3000 - 8:46.65 Kara Goucher (Nike) - Boston, MA 2/7

5000 - 14:47.62 Shalane Flanagan (Nike) - Boston, MA 2/7 AMERICAN RECORD

60H - 7.85 Lolo Jones (Asics) - Stuttgart, GER 2/7 World leader

HJ - 1.86/6-1.25 Chaunte Howard (Nike) - Blacksburg, VA 2/7

PV - 4.82/15-9.75 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) - Boston, MA 2/7 AMERICAN RECORD

LJ - 6.54/21-5.5 Hyleas Fountain (Nike) - Lexington, KY 2/7

TJ - 13.02/42-8.75 Sherita Williams (GBTC) - New York, NY 2/7

SP - 17.41/57-1.5 Karen Shump (unat) - Norman, OK 2/7

WT - 21.59/70-10 Sarah Stevens (Arizona State) - Flagstaff, AZ 2/7