Source:  USATF

INDIANAPOLIS – Will Claye has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American Junior men’s triple jump record Saturday at the 2009 Big 12 Conference Championships in Lubbock, Texas.

A freshman at Oklahoma, Claye broke an almost 27-year-old record, with a hop, skip and leap of 16.94 meters/55 feet 7 inches. The previous record of 16.81m/55-2 was set by Greg Neal on June 5, 1982. Clay won the conference title with a mark of 17.01m/55-9.75 (+3.2mps).

Also at the Big 12 Championships, 2008 Olympian and American record-holder Jenny Barringer dominated the women’s steeplechase, winning by an astounding 31.23 seconds in a meet-record 9:58.14.

Now in its eighth 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.

2009 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 25, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 25, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; April 1, German Fernandez; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer; May 19, Will Claye.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MAY 17

MEN

100 – 10.01 Trindon Holliday (LSU) – Gainesville, FL 5/17

200 – 20.07 LaShawn Merritt (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

400 – 44.66 Jeremy Wariner (adidas) – Carson, CA 5/16

800 – 1:47.23 Jonathan Johnson (Reebok) – Ponce, PR 5/16

1500 – 3:36.38 Bernard Lagat (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

5000 – 13:38.95 Scotty Bauhs (adidas) – Carson, CA 5/16

10,000 – 29:01.93 Galen Rupp (Oregon) – Eugene, OR 5/16

3000SC – 8:42.38 Kyle Heath (Syracuse) – Princeton, NJ 5/15

110H – 13.29 Jason Richardson (South Carolina) – Gainesville, FL 5/17

400H – 48.38 Kerron Clement (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

HJ – 2.22/7-3.25 Jerome Miller (Georgia Tech) – Atlanta, GA 5/16

PV – 5.72/18-9.25 Jeremy Scott (unat) – Jonesboro, AR 5/16

LJ – 8.37/27-5.5 Dwight Phillips (unat) – Carson, CA 5/16

TJ – 16.94/55-7 Will Claye (Oklahoma) – Lubbock, TX 5/17 AMERICAN

JUNIOR RECORD

SP – 20.37/66-10 Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) – Eugene, OR 5/16

DT – 61.70/202-5 Ian Waltz (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

HT – 73.13/239-11 Cory Martin (Nike) – Rio de Janeiro, BRA 5/17

JT – 79.65/261-4 Chris Hill (Georgia) – Gainesville, FL 5/16

Dec – 7785 Mat Clark (Northern Iowa) – Terre Haute, IN 5/16

WOMEN

100 – 11.09 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

200 – 22.66 Allyson Felix (adidas) – Carson, CA 5/16

400 – 51.46 Natasha Hastings (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

800 – 2:01.40 Hazel Clark-Riley (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

1500 – 4:15.03 Sarah Bowman (Tennessee) – Gainesville, FL 5/17

5000 – 15:10.86 Shalane Flanagan (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

3000SC – 9:26.85 Anna Willard (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

100H – 12.78 Dawn Harper (unat) – Carson, CA 5/16

400H – 56.06 Dominique Darden (Reebok) – Ponce, PR 5/16

HJ – 1.95/6-4.75 Destinee Hooker (Texas) – Lubbock, TX 5/17

PV – 4.76/15-7.25 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) – Carson, CA 5/16

LJ – 6.70/21-11.75 Brittney Reese (Nike) – Rio de Janeiro, BRA 5/17

TJ – 13.82/45-4.25 Yvette Lewis (Nike) – Carson, CA 5/16

SP – 17.32/56-10 Sarah Stevens (Arizona State) – Eugene, OR 5/16

DT – 58.44/191-9 Aretha Thurmond (Nike) – Rio de Janeiro, BRA 5/17

HT – 66.52/218-3 Sharon Ayala (Fresno State) – Logan, UT 5/16

JT – 58.26/191-2 Rachel Yurkovich (Oregon) – Eugene, OR 5/16

Hept – 5871 Liz Roehrig (Minnesota) – Columbus, OH 5/15