Campbell named Athlete of the Week

01-14-2009

Contact:
Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
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INDIANAPOLIS - Amber Campbell has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the women's weight throw Friday at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

A 2008 Olympian, Campbell won the women's weight throw with a world-leading toss of 23.73 meters/77 feet10.25 inches. Campbell's mark is the 24th farthest throw of all time.

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.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JANUARY 11

MEN

60 - 6.59 Jacoby Ford (Clemson) - Clemson, SC 1/10 World Leader

200 - 21.38 Chris Dykes (Texas A&M) - Fayetteville, AR 1/9

60H - 7.79 Jerome Miller (unat) - Saskatoon, CAN 1/10

HJ - 2.24/7-4.25 Jerome Miller (Georgia Tech) - Clemson, SC 1/10

PV - 5.55/18-2.5 Brian Mondschein (unat) - Blacksburg, VA 1/10

LJ - 7.73/25-4.5 Tarrish Alexander (North Carolina A&T) - Blacksburg, VA 1/10

TJ - 16.17/53-0.75 Nkosinza Balumbu (Arkansas) - Fayetteville, AR 1/9

SP - 19.51/64-0.25 Russ Winger (unat) - West Lafayette, IN World Leader

WT - 21.56/70-9 Garland Porter (unat) - Blacksburg, VA 1/9

WOMEN

60 - 7.34 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - Fayetteville, AR 1/9

200 - 23.59 Jessica Beard (Texas A&M - Fayetteville, AR 1/9 World Leader

400 - 54.12 Mary Wineberg (Nike) - Bloomington, IN 1/10

60H - 8.17 Vanneisha Ivy (North Carolina) - Chapel Hill, NC 1/10

PV - 4.20/13-9.25 Katie Stripling (Arkansas) - Fayetteville, AR 1/9

LJ - 6.14/20-1.75 Amy Menlove (BYU) - Provo, UT 1/9

TJ - 13.11/43-0.25 Ashika Charan (Texas A&M) - Fayetteville, AR 1/9

SP - 16.16/53-0.25 Tynisha McMillian (Connecticut) - New Haven, CT 1/10

WT - 23.73/77-10.25 Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) - Blacksburg, VA 1/9 World Leader

Pent - 4084 Amy Menlove (BYU) - Provo, UT 1/9