Hanson named Athlete of the Week

01-24-2006

Contact:
Vicky Oddi
Communications Intern
USA Track & Field
317-713-4670

INDIANAPOLIS - Marisa Hanson has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a meet record in the elite women's mile at the 39th Annual Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile in Ithaca, New York.

Hanson ran a 5:02.69 in breaking the meet record of 5:08.55 set in 2003 by Patti Blanchard. (Blanchard's time remains a women's 45-to-49 age group world record.) Hanson, 42, won a prize purse of $300, along with $400 for breaking the 5:15 performance standard and a $200 bonus for the meet record.

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.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JANUARY 22

MEN

60 - 6.63 Jacob Norman (Baylor) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

John Woods (Nike) - Golden, CO 1/21

200 - 20.57 Wallace Spearmon (Nike) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

400 - 46.70 Quentin Summers (Baylor) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

OT 46.13 Milton Campbell (EHI) - Johnson City, TN 1/20

800 - 1:49.24 Gered Burns (Albany) - New York, NY 1/20

Mile - 4:03.51 Nephi Tyler (Unat.) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

3000 - 8:11.29 Antonio Vega (Minnesota) - Minneapolis, MN 1/21

55H - 7.10 Aries Merritt (Tennessee) - Gainesville, FL 1/20

60H - 7.69 Jermaine Cooper (Unat.) - Houston, TX 1/20

HJ - 2.28/7-5.75 Tora Harris (Unat.) - Ostrava, CZE 1/18

PV - 5.60/18-4.5 Jeff Hartwig (Nike) - Fresno, CA 1/16

LJ - 7.80/25-7.25 Michael Morrison (Florida) - Gainesville, FL 1/21

TJ - 16.60/54-5.5 Rafeeq Curry (Florida St.) - Albuquerque, NM 1/21

SP - 21.31/69-11 Reese Hoffa (NYAC) - Clemson, SC 1/22

WT - 23.66/77-7.5 A.G. Kruger (Ashland Elite) - Vermillion, SD 1/19

WOMEN

55 - 6.73 Amberly Nesbitt (South Carolina) - Gainesville, FL 1/21

60 - 7.26 Bianca Knight (Mississippi HS)- Houston, TX 1/21

200 - 23.63 Brooklyn Morris (LSU) - Albuquerque, NM 1/21

400 - 53.83 Deonna Lawrence (LSU) - Albuquerque, NM 1/21

800 - 2:07.25 Erin Donohue (North Carolina) - Gainesville, FL 1/21

Mile - 4:32.28 Jen Toomey (Nike) - Cambridge, MA 1/22

3000 - 9:31.57 Penny Splichal (Arkansas) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

55H - 7.74 Ronnetta Alexander (South Carolina) - Gainesville, FL 1/21

60H - 8.08 Ginnie Powell (USC) - Albuquerque, NM 1/21

HJ - 1.89/6-2.25 Chaunte Howard (Nike) - Gainesville, FL 1/21

PV - 4.40/14-5.25 Jillian Schwartz (Nike) - Fresno, CA 1/16

April Steiner (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 1/21

Mary Sauer (Asics) - Flagstaff, AZ 1/21

LJ - 6.60/21-8 Akiba McKinney (HPTC) - Flagstaff, AZ 1/21

TJ - 13.43/44-0.75 Sherita Williams (GBTC) - Cambridge, MA 1/22

SP - 17.92/58-9.5 Kristin Heaston (Nike) - Fresno, CA 1/16

WT - 21.70/71-2.5 Amarachi Ukabam (Southern Illinois) - Carbondale, IL 1/20