INDIANAPOLIS - Dawn Harper has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the women's 100-meter hurdles and Visa Championship title Sunday at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Harper won her first-ever USA Outdoor national title with her win in the Nike Women's 100m hurdles in 12.36 seconds. A tailwind of 2.2 meters per second at her back helped Harper post the fourth-fastest time ever by an American under any conditions. Harper's performance gave her 1,220 points and the women's Outdoor Visa Championship Series title. She also received a $25,000 bonus from Visa.
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; May 19, Will Claye; May 27, Nadine O'Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay; June 9, Dwight Phillips; June 17, Galen Rupp; June 24, Kami Semick; June 30, Dawn Harper.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JUNE 28
200 - 20.19 Shawn Crawford (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28
400 - 44.50 LaShawn Merrit (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
800 - 1:45.86 Nick Symmonds (Nike OTC Elite) - Eugene, OR 6/28
1500 - 3:39.91 Leo Manzano (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/25
3000SC - 8:29.91 Josh McAdams (New Balance) - Eugene, OR 6/27
5000 - 13:20.57 Matt Tegenkamp (Nike OTC Elite) - Eugene, OR 6/26
10,000 - 27:52.53 Galen Rupp (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 6/25
20k Walk - 1:26:15 Tim Seaman (NYAC) - Eugene, OR 6/27
110H - 13.12 David Payne (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
400H - 48.03 Bershawn Jackson (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28 World leader
HJ - 2.31/7-7 Tora Harris (Asics) - Eugene, OR 6/28
PV - 5.75/18-10.25 Brad Walker (Nike) & Jeremy Scott (unat)
& Derek Miles (Nike) & Toby Stevenson (unat) - Eugene, OR 6/27
LJ - 8.20/26-11 Miguel Pate (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
TJ - 17.26/56-7.5 Brandon Roulhac (Shore AC) - Eugene, OR 6/25 U.S. leader
SP - 21.82/71-7.25 Christian Cantwell (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28
DT - 64.99/213-2 Casey Malone (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/26
HT - 75.31/247-1 A.G. Kruger (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
JT - 83.87/275-2 Chris Hill (Georgia) - Eugene, OR 6/25 U.S. leader
Dec - 8261 Trey Hardee (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/26
100 - 11.42 Amber Purvis (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 6/26
200 - 22.54 Lauryn Williams (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28
400 - 50.05 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
800 - 2:00.79 Hazel Clark-Riley (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28
1500 - 4:05.07 Shannon Rowbury (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27
3000SC - 9:29.38 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - Eugene, OR 6/28
5000 - 15:20.94 Kara Goucher (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/26
10,000 - 31:22.69 Amy Yoder Begley (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/25 U.S. leader
20k Walk - 1:37:13 Teresa Vaill (Walk USA) - Eugene, OR 6/28
100H - 12.53 Dawn Harper (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28 U.S. leader
400H - 53.78 Lashinda Demus (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/27 World leader
HJ - 1.95/6-4.75 Chaunte Howard (Nike) & Amy Acuff (Asics)
& Sharon Day (Asics) - Eugene, OR 6/25
PV - 4.65/15-3 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) - Eugene, OR 6/28
LJ - 6.77/22-2.5 Funmi Jimoh (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28
TJ - 13.88/45-6.5 Erica McLain (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/26
SP - 18.03/59-2 Michelle Carter (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/26
DT - 64.25/210-9 Stephanie Brown Trafton (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/25
HT - 72.04/236-4 Jessica Cosby (Nike) - Eugene, OR 6/28 U.S. leader
JT - 63.95/209-9 Kara Patterson (Purdue) - Eugene, OR 6/27 U.S. leader
Hept - 6290 Diana Pickler (Asics) - Eugene, OR 6/28 U.S. leader
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