INDIANAPOLIS - Natalie Willer has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting the American junior women's pole vault record Saturday at the 2009 Concordia Twilight meet in Seward, Neb.
A sophomore at Nebraska, Willer broke her own American junior record en route to winning the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.38 meters/14 feet 4.5 inches. Her previous record of 4.36m/14-3.5 was set at this year's Drake Relays.
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; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MAY 10
100 - 10.00 Travis Padgett (adidas) - Doha, QAT 5/8
200 - 20.30 Rodney Martin (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
400 - 44.69 Jeremy Wariner (adidas) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
800 - 1:46.80 Jonathon Johnson (unat) - Lubbock, TX 5/7
1500 - 3:41.65 Emory Gibbs (Georgia Tech) - Tallahassee, FL 5/9
5000 - 13:52.74 Carlos Trujillo (Eugene RC) - Eugene, OR 5/9
3000SC - 8:39.20 Tom Kloos (adidas) - Eugene, OR 5/9
110H - 13.09 David Oliver (Nike) - Doha, QAT 5/8
400H - 48.60 Kerron Clement (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
HJ - 2.34/7-8 Jesse Williams (Nike) - Eugene, OR 5/9
PV - 5.60/18-4.5 Derek Miles (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
LJ - 8.06/26-5.5 Miguel Pate (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
TJ - 16.85/55-3.5 Brandon Roulhac (Shore) - Tallahassee, FL 5/9
SP - 21.64/71-0 Reese Hoffa (NYAC) - Doha, QAT 5/8
DT - 64.25/210-9 Jarred Rome (Nike) - Salinas, CA 5/5
HT - 73.05/239-8 A.G. Kruger (Nike) - Akron, OH 5/9
JT - 78.11/256-3 Mike Hazle (unat) - Doha, QAT 5/8
Dec - 8091 Ashton Eaton (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 5/10
100 - 11.15 Stephanie Durst (Nike) - Doha, QAT 5/8
200 - 23.19 Shalonda Solomon (Reebok) - Athens, GA 5/9
400 - 50.75 Allyson Felix (adidas) - Doha, QAT 5/8
800 - 2:02.51 Molly Beckwith (Indiana) - Bloomington, IN 5/8
1500 - 4:17.55 Nicole Blood (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 5/9
5000 - 16:02.15 Desiree Davila (Hanson-Brooks) - Eagle Rock, CA 5/9
3000SC - 10:15.68 Kristen Anderson (unat) - Fortaleza, BRA 5/10
100H - 12.73 Danielle Carruthers (unat) - Doha, QAT 5/8
400H - 54.64 Sheena Tosta (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
HJ - 1.98/6-6 Chaunte Howard (Nike) - Athens, GA 5/9
PV - 4.38/14-4.5 Natalie Willer (Nebraska) - Seward, NE 5/8 AMERICAN
LJ - 6.99/22-11.25 Brittney Reese (Nike) - Doha, QAT 5/8
TJ - 13.82/45-4.25 Shakeema Welsch (unat) - Fortaleza, BRA 5/10
SP - 18.03/59-2 Liz Wanless (NYAC) - Bloomington, IN 5/8
DT - 65.19/213-10 Stephanie Trafton (Nike) - Salinas, CA 5/5
HT - 71.15/233-5 Jessica Cosby (Nike) - Eagle Rock, CA 5/9
JT - 56.83/186-5 Kim Kreiner (Nike) - Osaka, JPN 5/9
Hep - 5780 Kalindra McFadden (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 5/10
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