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Desi Athlete of Week – Week in Review

Desiree Davila
has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after she
came within two seconds of winning the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday. 

Davila
ran in sixth place for much of the first half of the race, as New
Zealand’s Kim Smith ran ahead to a big lead. However, after Smith pulled
out of the race with leg cramps, Davila eventually moved to the front
of the lead pack with three Kenyans. Over the last mile of the race
Davila battled with the eventual victor, Caroline Kilel, in a a series
of gutsy back-and-forth surges.

Kilel
edged Davila for the win in 2:22:36, with Davila only two seconds
behind in 2:22:38. Davila now joins the ranks of Deena Kastor and Joan
Benoit Samuleson to become the third-fastest American woman in history.

“I gave it all I had. It was the most
incredible experience of my running career,” Davila said. “My legs were
shot. There was nothing left.”

Now in its tenth 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.

While
the weekly honor typically includes performances from the past Monday –
Sunday, the timing of the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day Monday
warranted an extension of the performance window.

Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12,
Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26,Ben Shorey; February 2,
Ashton Eaton; February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat;
February 23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10,
Bill Collins; March 16, Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan; March
30, John Nunn; April 6, Aries Merritt; April 13, Gunnar Nixon, April 20,
Desiree Davila

WEEK IN REVIEW — APRIL 11-17
from USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

DREAMY CALI WEATHER BOOSTS MT. SAC EFFORTS
Carmelita
Jeter and Molly Huddle raced to world-leading times at opposite ends of
the track spectrum, and field eventers enjoyed spectacular Southern
California weather that helped elicit six U.S.-leading performances at
the Mt. SAC Relays.

Jeter
dipped under 11-seconds in the 100 with her 10.99, taking the measure
of the field by more than a quarter-second. Huddle used a 2:53.2 last
kilometer to clock 15:10.63 and beat 3,000m steeplechase American
Record-holder Jenny Simpson, among others. In 10th place, Neely Spence
of Shippensburg set an NCAA Division II record with her 15:33.83. Her
father, Steve, was the bronze medalist for Team USA in the 1991 World
Championships marathon.

A
finalist at the 2009 World Championships, Amber Campbell moved to No. 2
on the U.S. all-time list in the hammer with her 72.59 meters/238-2
toss. Her series included four throws over 230-feet.

2008
Olympian and two-time World Indoors finalist Jesse Williams tied his
lifetime outdoor best in the high jump, clearing 2.34m/7-8 to grab the
outdoor world lead, with Tora Harris leaping 2.31m/7-7 to place second.

Defending
world indoor and outdoor champion Brittney Reese equaled the outdoor
U.S. lead in winning the long jump at 6.83m/22-5, and Blessing Ufodiama
improved to 13.92m/45-8 to lead the national triple jump list.

Sean
Furey, a 2009 World finalist, upped his lifetime best to 81.62m/267-9
to win the javelin, and Washington’s Scott Roth set a lifetime outdoor
best with his 5.72m/18-9.25 clearance to move atop the U.S. lists.
Roth’s effort also makes him the first American to notch a vault
qualifying mark for the 2011 Worlds in Daegu.

National-leading
marks also came in the men’s 100 from Mike Rodgers (10.07) and 1500m,
where Russell Brown recorded a 3:35.70. BYU’s Miles Batty finished third
in that race at 3:36.25, making him history’s third-fastest American
collegian. 10,000m American Record-holder Chris Solinsky nabbed a PR
3:35.89 in second.

Top
hurdles marks were turned in by Ginnie Powell in the women’s 100H at
12.86, and Texas Tech’s Bryce Brown in the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.25.
Derek Scott knocked more than 20 seconds off his lifetime best to win
the 3000m steeplechase in 8:31.52.

Middle
distance outdoor national leaders went to Shalane Flanagan in the
women’s 1500m (4:11.67) and Maggie Vessey in the women’s 800 (2:02.51).
Arizona’s Brigitte Barrett cleared 1.90m/6-2.75 to win the high jump
with the best mark by an American this outdoor season.

World
Junior Championships team member Avione Allgood, a Nevada prep,
dramatically improved her lifetime best to 53.66m/176-0 to take third in
the open women’s javelin and move to No. 6 on the all-time high school
list.

OLIVER, WELLS BLISTER FLORIDA TRACK WITH WINDY HURDLES
American
Record-holder and World No. 1 David Oliver zipped to a windy 13.12
(+4.6) in the prelims and a breezy 13.09 in the final, but it was Kellie
Wells who had the most stunning run of the day as she ripped to a
12.35w (+3.7) at the Tom Jones Memorial meet in Gainesville, Fla.

Wells, who suffered a heartbreaking hamstring
tear after the Olympic Trials semis in 2008, showed that she will be a
major threat for Daegu honors and onward to 2012 as she demolished the
field in her prelim section with the fourth-fastest time ever under any
conditions by a U.S. athlete.

American Junior 100m record-holder Jeff Demps of
Florida also rode the wind to a 9.96w (+2.4) in the 100m.

WILLIAMS SLASHES TO 200 WL AT HER ALMA MATER; SALAAM ADDS MEN’S WL IN OKLAHOMA
Miami’s
most successful female athletic alumna, 2005 World 100m champ Lauryn
Williams, doubled her distance and garnered a world-leading 22.65 in the
200m at the Hurricane Invitational.

Oklahoma’s Mookie Salaam, the NCAA indoor
champ, also took over the world lead in the men’s deuce with his 20.27
at the Jacobs Invitational in Norman. Lance Brooks whirled the discus
63.11m/207-0 for a U.S. leader.

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