Bruin Great Gail Devers named Athlete of the Week

Feb. 11, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS - Gail Devers has been named USA Track & Field'sAthlete of the Week following her American record-breaking performancein the 60 meter hurdles Friday at the 96th Verizon Millrose Games.

Devers ran 7.78 seconds to break UCLA great Jackie Joyner-Kersee's previousAmerican record of 7.81, set in 1989. Her world-leading performance inthe 60 meter hurdles earned her the 2003 Fred Schmertz Outstanding PerformerTrophy at the Verizon Millrose Games.

Other impressive performers from last week included Olympic polevault gold medalist Stacy Dragila, who broke her own, six-day oldAmerican record in the Visa women's pole vault at Millrose, clearing4.72 meters/15 feet, 5.75 inches. The mark improved on her record of4.71/15-5.5 set February 1 at the first stop on the 2003 Golden SpikeTour, the adidas Boston Indoor Games.

Coby Miller turned in a world-leading performance in the men's60m dash with a time of 6.49 Sunday at the Flanders Indoor Energizermeet in Ghent, Belgium.

Ryan Shay of Team USA California won the 79th U.S. Men'sMarathon Championship Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. The 23-year-oldMichigan native finished in 2 hours 14 minutes and 29 seconds to claim a$12,000 prize purse to win his first U.S. Championship.

Now in its third year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program isdesigned to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport.USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on theUSATF Web site. Selections are based on top performances and resultsfrom the previous week.

2003 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 7, J-Mee Samuels;January 14, Kevin Toth; January 21, Michelle Collins; January 28,Natasha Hastings; February 4, Regina Jacobs; February 11, Gail Devers.

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