INDIANAPOLIS – Meb Keflezighi has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an American record in the 10,000 meters last Friday at the Cardinal Invitational. Keflezighi’s time of 27:13.98 shattered Mark Nenow’s 1986 American record of 27:20.56.
The 2000 Olympic Trials champion and 12th-place finisher at the Olympics at 10k, Keflezighi keyed off of several Kenyan pacesetters and the cheers of 3,500 fans to help him to the record.
“My first goal was to have a good, solid race, but I didn’t want the record to get away either,” Keflezighi said. “The plan was to stick close with the leaders because I knew they were going to go 27-flat. I wanted to hit halfway in 13:30 to 13:40 and then try to maintain the same pace. When that actually happened, I definitely knew that I was about to make the record.”
Keflezighi, who turned 26 on Saturday and trains with the recently formed Team USA Southern California, finished fourth in the race, won by Kenyan Abraham Chebii, who posted the fastest time ever run on U.S. soil with his 27:04.20 – faster than Haile Gebrselassie ran in winning the 1996 Olympics (27:07.34). American Alan Culpepper was fifth in 27:33.93, a personal record that makes him the sixth-fastest American ever at the distance.
Other top performances this week included Sean Albert, who won the 20k race walk invitational at Palo Alto, Calif. in 1:26:24. Albert’s performance is the fastest time in the U.S. this year. John Godina won the shot put at Irvine, Calif. last weekend with a best effort of 21.36 meters, 70 feet, 1 inch, and Jenny Adams won the 100-meter hurdles at the Texas Invitational in 12.85.
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 Tuesday and features the athlete on the USATF Web site. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2001 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 22, Alan Webb; January 29, Terrence Trammell; February 5, Stacy Dragila; February 12, Seneca Lassiter; February 20, Stacy Dragila; February 27, Andrew Pierce; March 6, Maurice Greene; March 14, Dawn Burrell; March 20, Ja’Warren Hooker; March 27, Dathan Ritzenhein; April 3, Philip Dunn; April 10, Relay Team of Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams and Curtis Johnson; April 17, Rod DeHaven; April 24, Elizabeth Jackson; May 1, Stacy Dragila; May 8, Meb Keflezighi.
TOP OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES, WEEK OF APRIL 30-MAY 6
MEN’S 100 METERS
10.14 Marcus Brunson (Arizona State) at Tempe, Arizona
MEN’S 200 METERS
219-7 Kevin Braunskill at Athens, Georgia
MEN’S 400 METERS
219-7 Andrew Pierce (Ohio State) at Jesse Owens Classic
MEN’S 800 METERS
1:47.37 Floyd Thompson (Baylor) at Stanford
MEN’S 1,500 METERS
3:37.23 Bryan Berryhill (Colorado State) at Stanford
MEN’S 3,000-METERS STEEPLECHASE
8:31.78 Tom Chorny at Stanford
MEN’S 5,000 METERS
13:24.13 Tim Broe at Stanford
MEN’S 10,000 METERS
27:13.96 Meb Keflezighi at Stanford (American record)
MEN’S 110-METERS HURDLES
219-7 Mark Crear at Rio Grand Prix
219-7 William Porter at Rio Grand Prix
MEN’S 20-KILOMETERS WALK
1:26:24 Sean Albert at Palo Alto
MEN’S HIGH JUMP
7-5.25 (2.27m) Tora Harris (Princeton) at Heptagonals
7-4.5 (2.25m) Charles Austin at Texas Invitational
MEN’S POLE VAULT
18-6.5 (5.65m) Nick Hysong at El Paso
MEN’S LONG JUMP
26-5.5 (8.06m) Kevin Dilworth at Rio Grand Prix
MEN’S SHOT PUT
70-1 (21.36m) John Godina at Irvine, Calif.
MEN’S DISCUS THROW
209-2 (63.76m) John Godina at Irvine, Calif.
MEN’S HAMMER THROW
238-4 (72.64m) Kevin McMahon at Sacramento
243-0 (74.06m) Chris Clever (Harvard) at Heptagonals
WOMEN’S 100 METERS
219-7 LaTasha Jenkins at Athens, Georgia
219-7 Shakedia Jones (UCLA) at Los Angeles
WOMEN’S 200 METERS
219-7 Kinshasa Davis (Southern California) at Los Angeles
WOMEN’S 800 METERS
2:04.07 Shayne Culpepper at Stanford
WOMEN’S 3,000-METERS STEEPLECHASE
10:06.48 Kelly MacDonald (Arizona State) at Tempe
WOMEN’S 5,000 METERS
15:50.52 Elizabeth Jackson (Brigham Young) at Stanford
WOMEN’S 100-METERS HURDLES
219-7 Jenny Adams at Texas Invitational
WOMEN’S 400-METERS HURDLES
219-7 Sandra Glover at Rio Grand Prix
WOMEN’S POLE VAULT
14-0 (4.27m) Tracy O’Hara (UCLA) at Los Angeles
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
43-5 (13.23m) GiGi Miller (Arkansas) at Springfield, Missouri
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT
60-1.25 (18.32m) Teri Tunks at Rio Grand Prix
WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW
199-11 (60.94m) Seilala Sua at Irvine, Calif.
WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW
219-7 (66.92m) Dawn Ellerbe at Athens, Georgia
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