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Posted: January 15, 2009  :

Athletics: Campbell named USATF Athlete of the Week

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 14, Amber Campbell.

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
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

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit

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