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10-Year-Old Champion is USATF Athlete of the Week

Date: 
03/17/2017 - 17:11

INDIANAPOLIS -- Triple threat Christian Walker (USATF New York; Metro Eagles) capped off his 2017 indoor season by winning three national titles on the final day of USATF Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York.

After placing second in the boys’ 9-10 preliminary 55m on Friday, the ten-year-old quickened to clinch first in Sunday’s final in 7.70, .15 seconds ahead of second place. He then swiftly won the 400m in 1:02.64 to overcome last year’s third-place finish. To top it all off, the defending 200m champion dominated the field, finishing with over a second lead in 27.15.

Ahead of his achievements at USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships, Walker had won all three events the week prior at the Armory Youth Championships presented by NYRR.

Other notable performances:

Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) won the 60/200 double at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the first man to do so since 2002, and he matched the collegiate record of 6.45 in the 60, while missing it in the 200 by .01 with his world-leading 20.11.

Trey Cunningham (Birmingham, Alabama) sped to a new junior world record in the 60m hurdles (7.40) at New Balance Nationals. The high school senior had already bettered his own national record earlier in the meet.

Jordan Hasay (Fontana, California) built on her impressive debut half marathon earlier in the year and won the USATF 15 km Championships in 49:28.

Texas A&M senior Fred Kerley (Taylor, Texas) clocked the fifth-fastest indoor 400m time ever at NCAA Indoor Championships with a run of 44.85, breaking the previous facility record of 45.03. His leg of the men’s 4x400m helped lead the Aggies to overall victory.

Mylik Kerley (Taylor, Texas) anchored the men’s 4x400m relay to victory and a new meet record of 3:02.80, helping the Aggies secure their first NCAA Indoor Championship by half a point.

Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) led a tight race in the USATF 15 km Championships until the very end, winning in 43:23.

Sydney McLaughlin (New Brunswick, New Jersey) lowered her own high school national record in the 400m to 51.61 at New Balance Nationals.

Olympian and Ole Miss junior Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina) set a collegiate record in the women's shot put at NCAA Indoor Championships with a world-leading mark of 19.56m.

Georgia senior Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) made history by becoming the first to win four consecutive event titles at NCAA Indoor Championships, dominating in the pentathlon.

Now in its 16th 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 USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker.

We welcome your nominations!
To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to Communications@usatf.org.

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