POSTED: Tuesday February 3rd 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eaton named Athlete of the Week
The 2008 NCAA Outdoor champion, Eaton set a personal and school record in winning the men\'s heptathlon with 6,174 points.
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Oregon junior Ashton Eaton has been named USA Track & Field\‘s Athlete of the Week after winning the men\‘s heptathlon over the weekend at the Washington Invitational Saturday in Seattle, Wash.
The 2008 NCAA Outdoor champion, Eaton set a personal and school record in winning the men\‘s heptathlon with 6,174 points. He won six of the seven events, including the 60m (6.84), long jump (7.59m/24-11), high jump (2.10m/6-10.5), 60mH (7.91), pole vault (4.97m/16-3.5) and 1,000m (2:39.92). It is the second-best indoor heptathlon in NCAA history.
Elsewhere, Stanford freshman Chris Derrick won the men\‘s 5,000m in 13:44.02, the fastest time ever run by an American junior. It also is the third fastest indoor 5,000m time in school history and the fastest collegiate time in the nation so far this year.
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.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 1
60 - 6.51 Mike Rodgers (Nike) - New York City, NY 1/30
200 - 21.09 Gil Roberts (Texas Tech) - Albuquerque, NM 1/31
400 - 46.38 Greg Nixon (Asics) - Metz, FRA 1/28
800 - 1:48.40 OT Tetlo Emmen (Asics Aggies) - Seattle, WA 1/31
Mile - 3:58.44 Bernard Lagat (Nike) - New York City, NY 1/30
3000 - 7:50.86 OT Dorian Ulrey (Arkansas) - Seattle, WA 1/31
5000 - 13:44.02 OT Chris Derrick (Stanford) - Seattle, WA 1/30
60H - 7.45 Terrence Trammell (Mizuno) - New York City, NY 1/30
HJ - 2.31/7-7 Andra Manson (Nike) - Glasgow, GBR 1/31
PV - 5.70/18-8.25 Derek Miles (Nike) - New York City, NY 1/30
LJ - 8.00/26-3 Matt Turner (unat) - Flagstaff, AZ 1/31
TJ - 16.22/53-2.75 Tydree Lewis (Oklahoma) - Norman, OK 1/31
SP - 20.79/68-2.5 Adam Nelson (Nike) - New York City, NY 1/30
WT - 23.77/78-0 Jake Freeman (Iron Ball AC) - Riverdale, NY 1/30
Hept - 6174 Ashton Eaton (Oregon) - Seattle, WA 1/31
60 - 7.21 Gloria Asumnu (adidas) - Houston, TX 1/31
200 - 23.38 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - College Station, TX 1/31
400 - 53.67 Queen Harrison (Virginia Tech) - University Park, PA 1/31
800 - 2:04.58 Sarah Bowman (Tennessee) - University Park, PA 1/31
Mile - 4:33.19 Kara Goucher (Nike) - New York City, NY 1/30
3000 - 8:53.88 OT Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - Seattle, WA 1/31
5000 - 15:55.67 OT Lindsey Scherf (Oregon) - Seattle, WA 1/30
60H - 7.95 Lolo Jones (Asics) - Glasgow, GBR 1/31
HJ - 1.92/6-3.5 Amy Acuff (unat) - New York City, NY 1/30
PV - 4.71/15-5.5 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) - New York City, NY 1/30
LJ - 6.45/21-2 Brittney Reese (Nike) - Goteborg, SWE 1/28
TJ - 13.51/44-4 Erica McLain (Nike) - Seattle, WA 1/31
SP - 17.34/56-10.75 Jessica Pressley (unat) - Flagstaff, AZ 1/31
WT - 23.33/76-6.5 Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) - Riverdale, NY 1/30
Pent - 4276 Sharon Day (Asics) - Seattle, WA 1/30
About USA Track & Field
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For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org
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Name: Vicky Oddi
Organization: US Track and Field
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