Eaton named Athlete of the Week

03-17-2010

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INDIANAPOLIS - University of Oregon senior Ashton Eaton has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a world record in the men's heptathlon at the recently concluded 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Eaton bettered 1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O'Brien's world record when he scored 6,499 points to win his second straight NCAA Indoor heptathlon title. O'Brien's previous record of 6,476 points was set back in 1993 when Eaton was just five years old. By comparison, over the weekend 2008 Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha with 6,204 points, with 2009 World Outdoor Championships decathlon gold medalist Trey Hardee finishing in second place with 6,184 points.

In seven events over two days, Eaton posted five personal bests: 60m (6.71), 60mH (7.86), high jump (2.11m/6-11), long jump (7.73m/25-4.5) and 1,000m (2:32.67). He also had marks of 13.12m/43-0.5 in the shot put and 5.10m/16-8.75 in the pole vault.

Now in its ninth 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 13, Jen Clayton; January 20, Shalane Flanagan; January 27, Nolan Shaheed; February 3, Bernard Lagat; February 10, Bernard Lagat; February 17, Shalane Flanagan; February 24, Amber Campbell; March 3, Amber Campbell; March 10, Phil Raschker; March 17, Ashton Eaton.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MARCH 14

MEN

60 - 6.53 Mike Rodgers (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/13

200 - 20.38 Curtis Mitchell (Texas A&M) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12 World leader

400 - 45.23 Torrin Lawrence (Georgia) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

800 - 1:48.39 Robby Andrews (Virginia) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

1500 - 3:39.25 Garrett Heath (unat) - Doha, QAT 3/12

Mile - 4:01.63 Mac Fleet (Oregon) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

3000 - 7:37.97 Bernard Lagat (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14

5000 - 13:41.26 Justin Tyner (Air Force Academy) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12

60H - 7.36 Terrence Trammell (Trackstar Apparel) - Doha, QAT 3/14 =AMERICAN RECORD

HJ - 2.31/7-7 Dusty Jonas (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14

PV - 5.65/18-6.5 Derek Miles (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/13

LJ - 7.93/26-0.25 Christian Taylor (Florida) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12

TJ - 17.18/56-4.5 Christian Taylor (Florida) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

SP - 21.83/71-7.5 Christian Cantwell (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/13

WT - 23.56/77-3.75 Walter Henning (LSU) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

Hept - 6499 Ashton Eaton (Oregon) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13 WORLD RECORD

WOMEN

60 - 7.05 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14

200 - 23.11 Shavon Greaves (Penn State) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12

400 - 50.54 Francena McCorory (Hampton) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13 AMERICAN RECORD

800 - 1:59.60 Alysia Johnson (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14 U.S. leader

1500 - 4:09.59 Erin Donohue (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14 U.S. leader

Mile - 4:36.39 Katie Follett (Washington) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

3000 - 8:51.08 Desiree Davila (Hansons-Brooks) - Doha, QAT 3/12

5000 - 15:39.65 Lisa Koll (Iowa State) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12

60H - 7.72 Lolo Jones (Asics) - Doha, QAT 3/13 AMERICAN RECORD

HJ - 1.98/6-6 Chaunte Lowe (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/13

PV - 4.50/14-9 Kylie Hutson (Indiana State) - Fayetteville, AR 3/13

LJ - 6.70/21-11.75 Brittney Reese (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/14

TJ - 13.54/44-5.25 Erica McLain (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/12

SP - 19.34/63-5.5 Jill Camarena (NYAC) - Doha, QAT 3/14 U.S. leader

WT - 22.76/74-8.25 D'Ana McCarty (Louisville) - Fayetteville, AR 3/12

Pent - 4753 Hyleas Fountain (Nike) - Doha, QAT 3/13 =AMERICAN RECORD