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Posted: April 1, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Fernandez named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS - German Fernandez has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after placing 11th Saturday at the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships held at the Al Bisharat Golf Course in Amman, Jordan.

A two-time U.S. Junior Cross Country champion, Fernandez led Team USA with an 11th-place finish in the junior men's 8 km, running 24 minutes 13 seconds. He was the first non-African across the line and helped lead the junior men's team to a fifth place finish.

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; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 25, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; April 1, German Fernandez.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MARCH 29
 
MEN
 
100 - 10.36 Jason Heard (unat) - Stanford, CA 3/28
200 - 20.71 Deun White (unat) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
400 - 45.83 Antione Drakeford (Cincinnati) - Cincinnati, OH 3/28
800 - 1:48.25 Mason McHenry (Arizona State) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
1500 - 3:41.62 Austin Abbott (Washington) - Stanford, CA 3/27
3000SC - 8:37.74 Josh McAdams (New Balance) - Stanford, CA 3/27
5000 - 13:38.76 Jonathon Riley (Nike) - Stanford, CA 3/27
10,000 - 28:24.10 Dan Nunn (Georgetown) - Stanford, CA 3/27
110H - 13.72 Jacoby DuBose (unat) - Raleigh, NC 3/27
400H - 50.01 Justin Gaymon (Georgia) - Tempe, Az 3/28
HJ - 2.25/7-4.5 Erik Kynard (Ohio HS) - Ypsilanti, MI 3/27
PV - 5.40/17-8.5 Scott Roth (Washington) - Stanford, CA 3/28
LJ - 7.96/26-1.5 Jeremy Hicks (LSU) - Baton Rouge, LA 3/27
TJ - 15.93/52-3.25 Nkosinza Balumbu (Arkansas) - Stanford, CA 3/28
SP - 19.03/62-5.25 Chad Smith (Concordia/CA) - Stanford, CA 3/27
DT - 61.86/202-11 Casey Malone (Nike) - Fort Collins, CO 3/28
HT - 74.99/246-0 A.G. Kruger (Nike) - Raleigh, NC 3/28
JT - 81.03/265-10 Chris Hill (Georgia) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
Dec - 7274 Mark Jellison (unat) - Davis, CA 3/26
20k Walk - 1:27:34 Patrick Stroupe (unat) - Pharr, TX 3/29
 
WOMEN
 
100 - 11.24 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
200 - 23.15 Jessica Beard (Texas A&M) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
400 - 53.65 Joanna Schultz (Notre Dame) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
800 - 2:04.03 Maggie Vessey (unat) - Stanford, CA 3/28
1500 - 4:18.64 Jessica Pixler (Seattle Pacific) - Stanford, CA 3/27
3000SC - 9:58.41 Lisa Galaviz (Nike) - Stanford, CA 3/27
5000 - 15:34.31 Maureen McCandless (New Balance) - Stanford, CA 3/27
10,000 - 33:02.31 Kate O'Neill (Strands) - Stanford, CA 3/27
100H - 13.24 Vanneisha Ivy (North Carolina) - Raleigh, NC 3/28
400H - 58.28 Ayla Smith (Virginia) - Raleigh, NC 3/28
HJ - 1.84/6-0.5 Sharon Day (Asics) - Stanford, CA 3/28
PV - 4.30/14-1.25 Katie Viuf (UCLA) - Westwood, CA 3/28
LJ - 6.27/20-7 Danielle Watson (UCLA) - Westwood, CA 3/28
TJ - 12.83/42-1.25 Neidra Covington (TCU) - Baton Rouge, LA 3/28
SP - 17.33/56-10.25 Rachel Jansen (unat) - Houston, TX 3/28
DT - 59.58/195-6 Summer Pierson (unat) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
HT - 65.57/215-1 Kelly Godsey (unat) - Medford, MA 3/28
JT - 58.41/191-7 Kara Patterson (Purdue) - Tempe, AZ 3/28
Hept - 5397 Marrissa Harris (Mississippi State) - Tuscaloosa, AL 3/27
20k Walk - 1:46:03 Maria Michta (Walk USA) - Pharr, TX 3/29

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 USATF.org.


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