Pickler Named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week
April 10, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS - Diana Pickler has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the heptathlon Thursday for the second time in three years at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
A senior at Washington State University, Pickler won the women's heptathlon with a world-leading and personal best score of 6,205 points, a 349 point improvement over her previous best of 5,855. Pickler's winning score was also an 'A' Qualifier for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Now in its sixth 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.
2007 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 2, Thomas Morgan; January 9, Jacquelyn Coward; January 16, Ryan Hall; January 23, Johnny Dutch; January 30, Shalane Flanagan; February 6, Gail Devers; February 13, Alan Culpepper; February 20, Bernard Lagat; February 27, Christian Cantwell; March 6, Fasil Bizuneh; March 13, Natasha Hastings; March 20, Anthony Famiglietti; March 27, Nadine O'Connor; April 4, Natasha Hastings; April 10, Diana Pickler.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING APRIL 8MEN100 - 10.11 Walter Dix (Florida State) - Austin, TX 4/6400 - 45.67 Lionel Larry (USC) - Eugene, OR 4/7800 - 1:47.75 Kevin Hicks (Nike) - Gainesville, FL 4/61500 - 3:44.31 Jason Jabaut (Carrboro AC) - Durham, NC 4/63000SC - 8:46.10 Max King (Oregon TC) - Eugene, OR 4/75000 - 14:00.27 Galen Rupp (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 4/7Mile - 3:57.83 Alan Webb (Nike) - Greenville, SC 4/4110H - 13.26 David Oliver (Nike) - Gainesville, FL 4/6 World leader400H - 50.31 Justin Gaymon (Georgia) - Austin, TX 4/6HJ - 2.22/7-3.25 Jamie Nieto (Nike) - Claremont, CA 4/7PV - 5.25/17-2.75 Graeme Hoste (Stanford) - Stanford, CA 4/7LJ - 7.77/25-6 Chris Gillis (Unattached) - Austin, TX 4/6TJ - 15.88/52-1.25 Marc Kellman (George Mason) - Gainesville, FL 4/7SP - 20.17/66-2.25 Noah Bryant (USC) - Eugene, OR 4/7DT - 62.29/204-4 Adam Kuehl (Arizona) - Austin, TX 4/6HT - 71.35/234-1 Kibwe Johnson (Ashland) - Cincinnati, OH 4/7JT - 71.64/235-0 Bryan Clay (Nike) - Claremont, CA 4/7Decathlon - 7,342 Brandon Buteaux (Texas-San Antonio) - Austin, TX 4/5
WOMEN100 - 11.22 Alexandria Anderson (Texas) - Austin, TX 4/6 World leader400 - 51.88 Dee Dee Trotter (adidas) - Gainesville, FL 4/6800 - 2:03.43 Alysia Johnson (California) - Stanford, CA 4/71500 - 4:20.87 Frances Koons (Villanova) - Durham, NC 4/6100H - 13.23 Candice Davis (USC) - Eugene, OR 4/7 & Jessica Ohanaja (LSU) - Austin, TX 4/6400H - 57.40 Krystal Cantey (South Carolina) - Gainesville, FL 4/6HJ - 1.89/6-2.25 Destinee Hooker (Texas) - Austin, TX 4/6PV - 4.14/13-7 Tori Anthony (California HS) - Arcadia, CA 4/7LJ - 6.53/21-5.25 Brenda Faluade (Miami) - Gainesville, FL 4/6TJ - 13.31/43-8 Yvette Lewis (Hampton) - Gainesville, FL 4/7SP - 18.55/60-10.5 Kristin Heaston (Nike) - Gainesville, FL 4/6DT - 62.27/204-3 Becky Breisch (HPTC) - Claremont, CA 4/7HT - 68.38/224-4 Erin Gilreath (NYAC) - Gainesville, FL 4/6JT - 53.14/174-4 Rachel Yurkovich (Oregon) - Eugene, OR 4/7Heptathlon - 6,205 Diana Pickler (Washington State) - Austin, TX 4/5 World leader