INDIANAPOLIS - Terrence Trammell has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the men's 60m hurdles and the Visa Championship Series title Sunday at the 2009 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston.
A two-time Olympic and World Outdoor silver medalist, Trammell put the men's Visa Championship and its $25,000 payday out of reach with a near-perfect run in the men's 60m hurdles. Already the Visa points leader with 1,226 entering the USA Championships, Trammell led from start to finish, winning in 7.37 seconds to break Reggie Torian's 10-year-old meet record of 7.38. The time was just .01 off the American record, was a 2009 world leader and gave him 1,259 points in the Visa standings.
Elsewhere, Oklahoma State freshman German Fernandez set a collegiate record in the mile at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Fernandez won the Big 12 individual title Saturday by finishing with a time of 3:55.02, the sixth-fastest time in the world so far this year. It also is a school record, a Big 12 record and a collegiate record. Just three hours later, Fernandez also won the individual Big 12 title in the 3,000 meters, running 7:57.21, the second-best time in the history of the conference meet.
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; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 25, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MARCH 1
60 - 6.51 Jacoby Ford (Clemson) - Blacksburg, VA 2/28 & Mark Jelks
(Nike) - Boston, MA 3/1 U.S. leaders
200 - 20.66 Trey Harts (Baylor) - College Station, TX 2/27
400 - 46.08 Gil Roberts (Texas Tech) - College Station, TX 2/28 U.S. leader
800 - 1:48.18 Michael Rutt (Connecticut) - Boston, MA 2/27
Mile - 3:55.02 German Fernandez (Oklahoma State) - College Station, TX 2/28 Collegiate Record
3000 - 7:53.67 David Torrence (unat) - Boston, MA 2/28
5000 - 13:57.49 Jake Schmitt (Washington) - Seattle, WA 2/27
60H - 7.37 Terrence Trammell (TAS) - Boston, MA 3/1 World leader
HJ - 2.32/7-7.25 Andra Manson (Nike) - Boston, MA 2/28
PV - 5.60/18-4.5 Jeremy Scott (unat) - Boston, MA 2/28
LJ - 7.90/25-11 Mikese Morse (Miami) - Blacksburg, VA 2/27
TJ - 16.94/55-7 Brandon Roulhac (Shore AC) - Boston, MA 2/28 U.S. leader
SP - 20.67/67-9.75 Dan Taylor (Nike) - Boston, MA 3/1
WT - 23.73/77-10.25 Jake Freeman (unat) - Boston, MA 3/1
Hept - 5747 Nick Adcock (Missouri) - College Station, TX 2/28
60 - 7.15 Angela Williams (Nike) - Athens, GRE 2/25 & Lisa Barber
(adidas) - Boston, MA 3/1
200 - 22.94 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - College Station, TX 2/28
400 - 52.34 Dominique Darden (Reebok) - Boston, MA 3/1
800 - 2:02.39 Phoebe Wright (Tennessee) - Lexington, KY 3/1 U.S. leader
1500 - 4:17.37 Anna Willard (Nike) - Boston, MA 3/1
Mile - 4:25.91 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - College Station, TX 2/28
3000 - 8:53.27 Amy Begley (Nike) - Boston, MA 2/28
5000 - 15:55.63 Gwen Jorgensen (Wisconsin) - Bloomington, IN 3/1
60H - 7.84 Lolo Jones (Asics) - Boston, MA 3/1
HJ - 1.93/6-4 Destinee Hooker (Texas) - College Station, TX 2/28
PV - 4.83/15-10 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) - Boston, MA 3/1 AMERICAN RECORD
LJ - 6.71/22-0.25 Brittney Reese (Nike) - Boston, MA 3/1 U.S. leader
TJ - 13.77/45-2.25 Shakeema Welsch (unat) - Boston, MA 2/28 U.S. leader
SP - 18.59/61-0 Jillian Camarena (NYAC) - Boston, MA 2/28 U.S. leader
WT - 24.43/ Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) - Boston MA 3/1 U.S. leader
Pent - 4216 Bettie Wade (Michigan) - Bloomington, IN 2/28
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