Kruger named 2009 USA Indoor weight throw champion
Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Trials hammer throw champion A.G. Kruger has been named the 2009 USA Indoor weight throw champion. It is his fifth national indoor crown, along with his titles from 2003 and '05-'07.
The runner-up at the 2009 USA Indoor Championships in Boston with a best throw of 23.31 meters/76 feet 5.75 inches, Kruger became the national champion following the April 16, 2009 announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that original winnerJake Freeman tested positive at the meet on March 1 for the prohibited substance tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC metabolite), a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish. On March 25, in addition to forfeiting his win at the Indoor Championships, Mr. Freeman accepted a three (3) month provisional suspension from USADA, which has been reduced to time served because he completed an anti-doping education course.
Collins, Glynn & Martin named Masters Athletes of the Year
The USA Track & Field Masters Track & Field Awards Committee has selected its Masters Athletes of the Year, with Bill Collins, Kay Glynn and Kathryn Martin receiving top honors. The complete list of award winners follows:
Masters Male Athlete of the Year
Bill Collins - Houston, Texas
At age 57, Bill Collins continues to prove that he is the best masters age group sprinter in the world. He was undefeated in 2008, sweeping every sprint event from the 60m to 400m in every major competition, including the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships, the USATF National Masters Outdoor Championships, and the WMA Masters Indoor World Championships. In addition, Collins broke the M55-59 World Record in the 100m last year, with a sensational time of 11.44.
Masters Female Co-Athlete of the Year
Kay Glynn - Hastings, Iowa
A superlative runner, jumper and thrower, Glynn excels at a variety of events and is the top ranked American for her age group (55-59) in each of the following events: short hurdles, long hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, and pentathlon. She entered 10 events in the USATF Indoor Masters Championships, winning 5 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze medal. At the USATF Outdoor Masters Championships, she earned 6 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. In addition, Glynn set a new indoor W55-59 World Record in the pole vault (2.92).
Masters Female Co-Athlete of the Year
Kathryn Martin - Northport, N.Y.
In 2008, Kathryn Martin had a perfect season, dominating every distance event in hear age group (55-59) from the 800m to the 10,000m. Her range of supremacy and ability to win multiple distance events in the same meet are unmatched by any masters runner. At the USATF Indoor Masters Championships, she won the 800m, Mile, and 3000m. At the USATF Outdoor Masters Championships, she won the 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m and 2000m Steeplechase. At the 2008 WMA World Masters Indoor Championships, she won the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. In addition, Martin set new W55-59 American Records last year in the 1500m, 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase.
David Pain Distinguished Service Award
Honorable Mentions: Mark Cleary, Ken Stone, Ray Feick
Men 30 - 59 Athletes of the Year
Nolan Shaheed, Val Barnwell, Bruce McBarnette, Tony Young, Paul Babits
M60+ Athletes of the Year
Charles Allie, Ralph Maxwell, Stephen Robbins, Bob Ward, Orville Rogers, Bud Held
Women 30-59 Athletes of the Year
Oneithea Lewis, Joy Upshaw-Margerum, Rita Hanscom, Renee Henderson, Lisa Daley
Women 60+ Athletes of the Year
Phil Raschker, Christel Donley, Marie-Louise Michelson, Jeanne Daprano, Johnnye Valien, Audrey Lary
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