INDIANAPOLIS - Jenny Barringer has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting an American Record in the women's 3,000m steeplechase Sunday at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Germany.
The 2007 USA Outdoor champion and a 2008 Olympic Team member, Barringer won the race in 9 minutes 22.73 seconds, breaking Anna Willard's 17-day old American record of 9:27.75, set July 3 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Barringer and Willard battled for the win, but it was Barringer who brought the biggest kick in the final 30 meters to grab the victory. Willard finished second in a personal best of 9:22.76.
Now in its seventh 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.