Donaldson named Athlete of the Week

09-30-2009

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Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
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INDIANAPOLIS - Jamie Donaldson (Littleton, Colo.) has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting an American record in the women's 200,000 meters over the weekend at the 28th Annual Ottawa International 24 Hour Self-Transcendence Race and Masters' 24 Hour Championship in Canada.

The fifth-place finisher at the 2008 24 Hr World Championships, Donaldson destroyed the 18-year old American record by completing 200,000m on the track in 21 hours 1 minute 28 seconds en route to running 214.487 km in 24 hours. The previous record of 21:08:47 was set by Sue Ellen Trapp in 1991. As the overall winner, Donaldson ended her 24 hour run in dominating fashion, as her next closest competitor, runner-up Andrew McLean of Ontario, ran 202.943 km.

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.

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; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 24, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 24, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; March 31, German Fernandez; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer; May 19, Will Claye; May 26, Nadine O'Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay; June 9, Dwight Phillips; June 16, Galen Rupp; June 23, Kami Semick; June 30, Dawn Harper; July 7, Raevyn Rogers; July 14, Ryan Crouser; July 28, Anton Krupicka; August 11, Rita Hanscom; August 19, Christian Cantwell; August 26, Trey Hardee; September 1, Dathan Ritzenhein; September 9, Sanya Richards; September 15, Carmelita Jeter; September 23, Tyson Gay; Jamie Donaldson.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 27

MEN

100 - 9.94 Tyson Gay (adidas) - Daegu, SK 9/25

200 - 20.29 Wallace Spearmon (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

400 - 46.34 David Neville (Nike) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23

800 - 1:46.70 Nick Symmonds (OTC Elite) - Daegu, SK 9/25

110H - 13.46 Joel Brown (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

HJ - 2.21/7-3 Tora Harris (Asics) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23

PV - 5.40/17-8.5 Rory Quiller (unat) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23

TJ - 16.44/53-11.25 Brandon Roulhac (HPC Elite) - Daegu, SK 9/25

SP - 20.21/66-3.75 Reese Hoffa (NYAC) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23

JT - 79.38/260-5 Mike Hazle (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

WOMEN

100 - 10.83 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

200 - 23.39 Gloria Asumnu (adidas) - Daegu, SK 9/25

100H - 12.75 Dawn Harper (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

400H - 55.31 Tiffany Williams (Reebok) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23

LJ - 6.74/22-1.5 Funmi Jimoh (Nike) - Daegu, SK 9/25

JT - 57.80/189-7 Kara Patterson (unat) - Kawasaki, JPN 9/23