UCLA Alum Suzy Powell Named USA T&F Athlete Of The Week

May 1, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - Two-time Olympian Suzy Powell, who was a UCLA thrower from 1995-98, has beennamed USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after her American record women's discus throw at lastweekend's University of California San Diego Open.

Powell's throw of 69.44 meters/227 feet, 10 inches bettered the record of66.10m/216-10 set by Carol Cady in 1986. Powell's performance is the best inthe world since Russia's Natalya Sadova threw 70.02m/229-9 on June 23, 1999.

During her Bruin career, Powell, from Modesto, was a six-time NCAA Outdoor All-American and in1997 as a junior, won the discus and javelin at the Pac-10 meet. She's the school record-holder in the discus (214-0).

Other notable performers included Suzy Favor Hamilton, who posted aworld-leader in the 3,000 meters of 8 minutes, 56.03 seconds Saturday at the93rd Drake Relays, despite light rain and windy conditions with gusts up to25 miles an hour.

Additional world-leading marks were turned in by 2001 World OutdoorChampionships long jump silver medalist Savante Stringfellow, who leaped8.33m/27-4 at Fort-de-France, Martinique. Also in Martinique, three-timeworld outdoor champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson ran thebest time in the world this year in the 110m hurdles of 13.04. LibertyUniversity's Heather Sagan ran a world-leading 4:37.53 in the women's mileat the Penn Relays.

2001 U.S. decathlon champion Kip Janvrin won his specialty for the 13thtime in his career at the Drake Relays with 7,775 points. Janvrin owns moreindividual titles at the Drake Relays than anyone in the event's history.There were 11 U.S.-leading performances in this week's competition. (Seelist below.)

Now in its second year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed torecognize performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoreeeach week and features the athlete on the USATF Web site. Selections arebased on top performances and results from the previous week.

2002 USATF Athlete of the Week winners: January 3, Jim Garcia; January 8,Mary Louise Michelsohn; January 15, Tamara Diles; January 22, Miguel Pate;January 29, Regina Jacobs; February 5, Jeff Hartwig; February 12, MebKeflezighi; February 19, Curt Clausen; February 26, Jeff Hartwig; March 2,Nicole Teter; March 12, Jeff Hartwig; March 19, Aretha Hill; March 26, DeenaDrossin; April 2, Kim Fitchen; April 9, Deena Drossin; April 16, KhalidKhannouchi; April 23, Kenta Bell, April 30; Suzy Powell.

TOP OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES, WEEK OF APRIL 29

100 METERS - 10.09 - Brian Lewis at Fort-de-France, Martinique

200 METERS - 20.31 - Brian Lewis at Fort-de-France, Martinique

ONE-MILE RUN - 4:02.01 - Robert Gary at Penn Relays (U.S. leader)

3,000-METERS STEEPLECHASE - 8:31.68 - Jeremy Tolman (Weber State) at Eugene,Oregon

110-METERS HURDLES - 13.04 - Allen Johnson at Fort-de-France, Martinique(world leader)

400-METERS HURDLES - 48.70 - Eric Thomas at Fort-de-France, Martinique (U.S.leader)

HIGH JUMP - 7-6.5 (2.30m) - Tora Harris (Princeton) at Penn Relays (tiesU.S. leader)

POLE VAULT - 18-10.25 (5.75m) - Tim Mack at Knoxville, Tenn. (U.S. leader)

LONG JUMP - 27-4 (8.33m) - Savante Stringfellow at Fort-de-France,Martinique (world leader)

SHOT PUT - 69-1.25 (21.06m) - Christian Cantwell (Missouri) at Drake Relays

DISCUS THROW - 216-3 (65.92m) - Nick Petrucci at LaJolla, Calif.212-3 (64.71m) - John Godina at LaJolla, Calif.

HAMMER THROW - 241-1 (73.48m) - Kevin McMahon at Eugene, Oregon (U.S.leader). 233-3 (71.09m) - Lance Deal at Eugene, Oregon

DECATHLON - 7775 - Kip Janvrin at Drake Relays

WOMEN'S 400 METERS - 52.19 - Suziann Reid at Fort-de-France, Martinique

WOMEN'S ONE MILE RUN - 4:37.53 - Heather Sagan (Liberty U.) at Penn Relays(world leader)

WOMEN'S 3,000 METERS - 8:56.03 - Suzy Favor-Hamilton at Drake Relays (worldleader)

WOMEN'S 5,000 METERS - 15:52.65 - Amy Rudolph at Drake Relays

WOMEN'S 400-METERS HURDLES - 56.64 - Lashinda Demus (South Carolina) at Penn Relays

WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP - 6-2.25 (1.89m) - Gina Curtis (Iowa State) at DrakeRelays

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT - 14-0 (4.27m) - Jillian Schwartz at Drake Relays

WOMEN'S SHOT PUT - 58-3 (17.75m) - Teri Steer at Drake Relays

WOMEN'S DISCUS THROW - 227-10 (69.44m) - Suzy Powell at LaJolla, Calif.(American record & world leader). 213-7 (65.10m) - Aretha Hill at Knoxville, Tenn.

WOMEN'S HAMMER THROW - 227-7 (69.34m) - Anna Norgren-Mahon at Penn Relays (U.S. leader).223-3 (68.05m) - Dawn Ellerbe at Penn Relays

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