INDIANAPOLIS -Deena Kastor has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon Sunday in Boston, Mass.
The American record-holder in the women's marathon, Kastor won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon in two hours 29 minutes 35 seconds. After trailing eventual runner-up Magdalena Lewy Boulet by nearly two minutes at the half-way point, Kastor's strong surge over the second half of the race propelled her to the win. Lewy Boulet made her first Olympic Team, finishing second in a personal-best time of 2:30:19.
Elsewhere, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Outdoor champion Jeremy Wariner and 2006 IAAF Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards each ran world-leading times in winning their respective 400 meter races at the 2008 Michael Johnson Classic, with Wariner crossing the line in 44.56 and Richards in 50.47. 2005 World Outdoor champion Bershawn Jackson won the men's 400m hurdles at the Kansas Relays in a world-leading 48.32. David Oliver, the 2008 U.S. Indoor champion, set a world-leader in winning the men's 110m hurdles in 13.08 at the International Friendship and Freedom Games while 2008 World Indoor champion Lolo Jones tied the world leader in the women's 100m hurdles, winning in 12.72 at the Alumni Gold meet in Baton Rouge, La. 2007 NCAA champion Brittney Reese of Ole Miss broke her school record in the long jump with a world-leading, personal best jump of 6.93 meters/22 feet 9 inches.
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.
2008 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 8, Cheryl Foody; January 16, Nick Vena; January 22, Chanelle Price; January 29, Antwon Hicks; February 5, Adam Nelson; February 12, Lolo Jones; February 19, Adam Nelson; February 27, Michael Rodgers; March 3, Thomas Morgan; March 11, Bryan Clay; March 18, Bianca Knight; March 25, Phil Raschker; April 1, Orville Rogers; April 8, Lisa Koll; April 15, Ryan Hall, April 22, Deena Kastor.
100 - 11.31 Shayla Mahan (South Carolina) - Greensboro, NC 4/19
200 - 22.69 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - Baton Rouge, LA 4/19
400 - 50.47 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Waco, TX 4/19 World Leader
800 - 2:01.98 Hazel Clark-Riley (Nike) - Nashville, TN 4/19
1500 - 4:16.37 Sara Hall (Asics) - Walnut, CA 4/20
3000SC - 9:51.49 Delilah DiCrescenzo (Riadha) - Walnut, CA 4/18
5000 - 15:12.55 Lauren Fleshman (Nike) - Walnut, CA 4/18
10,000 - 33:52.06 Catherine White (Arkansas) - Walnut, CA 4/18
100H - 12.72 Lolo Jones (Asics) - Baton Rouge, LA 4/19 World Leader
400H - 55.16 Queen Harrison (Virginia Tech) - Atlanta, GA 4/19
HJ - 1.92/6-3.5 Deirdre Mullen (Unattached) - Princeton, NJ 4/19
PV - 4.40/14-5.25 April Steiner (adidas) - Fayetteville, AR 4/19
LJ - 6.93/22-9 Brittney Reese (Ole Miss) - Baton Rouge, LA 4/19 World Leader
TJ - 14.17/46-6 Shani Marks (Nike) - Azusa, CA 4/18
SP - 17.85/58-6.75 Kristin Heaston (Nike) - Walnut, CA 4/20
DT - 61.77/202-8 Stephanie Trafton (Unattached) - Walnut, CA 4/20
HT - 70.19/230-3 Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) - Walnut, CA 4/20
JT - 53.05/174-0 Kayla Wilkinson (Nebraska) - Lawrence, KS 4/19
Hept - 5740 Liz Roehrig (Minnesota) - Lawrence, KS 4/17
photos Janos Schmidt