INDIANAPOLIS - Diane Pickler has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the women's pentathlon over the weekend at the 2009 USA Indoor Combined Events Championships, held at Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
A 2008 Olympian, Pickler brought home her second consecutive women's indoor pentathlon crown with 4,391 points. Pickler's competition began with a win in the 60-meter hurdles (8.24). She then had the second-best marks in the high jump (1.79 meters/5 feet 10.5 inches) and long jump (6.14m/20-1.75), the third fastest time in 800m (2:20.05) and threw 11.59m/38-0.25 in the shot put.
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; March 10, Diana Pickler.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MARCH 8
60 - 6.60 Terrell Wilks (Florida) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
200 - 20.89 Antonio Sales (South Carolina) - Fayetteville, AR 3/6
400 - 46.23ot LaJerald Betters (Baylor) - Notre Dame, IN 3/7
800 - 1:47.76ot Mason McHenry (Arizona State) - Ames, IA 3/7
Mile - 3:57.86ot Galen Rupp (Oregon) - Seattle, WA 3/7
3000 - 7:52.17 Ryan Vail (unat) - Fayetteville, AR 3/6
5000 - 13:49.78ot Mike Sayenko (Club NW) - Seattle, WA 3/7
60H - 7.74 Ronnie Ash (Bethune-Cookman) - Ames, IA 3/7
HJ - 2.22/7-3.25 Grant Lindsey (Kentucky) - Seattle, WA 3/7
PV - 5.60/18-4.5 Brian Mondschein (Polevaultpower) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
LJ - 7.78/25-6.25 Jeff Henderson (Hinds CC) - Lubbock, TX 3/6
TJ - 16.00/52-6 Clarence Smith (Penn State) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
SP - 18.87/61-11 Jason Cook (South Carolina) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
WT - 20.86/68-5.25 Mike Zajac (South Carolina) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
Hept - 5748 Jake Arnold (Asics) - Chapel Hill, NC 3/8
60 - 7.22 Kya Brookins (South Carolina) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
200 - 23.46ot Santana Lowery (SWMs JC) - Lubbock, TX 3/7
400 - 52.56 Alexandrai Spruiel (North Carolina A&T) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
800 - 2:04.94ot Erica Moore (Indiana State) - Notre Dame, IN 3/7
Mile - 4:35.35ot Kellyn Johnson (Wichita State) - Notre Dame, IN 3/7
3000 - 9:19.16 Kim Conley (Cal-Davis) - Seattle, WA 3/7
5000 - 16:07.50 Catherine White (Arkansas) - Fayetteville, AR 3/6
60H - 8.17 Tiki James (Central Florida) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
HJ - 1.85/6-0.75 Becky Christensen (Harvard) - Boston, MA 3/7
PV - 4.20/13-9.25 Janice Keppler (unat) - Fayetteville, AR 3/6 &
Leslie Brost (North Dakota State) - Ames, IA 3/7
LJ - 6.35/20-10 Pat Springs (Charlotte) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
TJ - 13.28/43-7 Dione Thomas (Central Florida) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
SP - 16.77/55-0.25 Aja Evans (Illinois) - Notre Dame, IN 3/7
WT - 21.76/71-4.75 D'Ana McCarty (Louisville) - Blacksburg, VA 3/7
Pent - 4391 Diana Pickler (Asics) - Chapel Hill, NC 3/8 U.S. leader
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