Chaunte Howard named USATF Athlete of the Week

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Chaunte Howard has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after she set a world leading mark in the women’s high jump Saturday the ACC Outdoor Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

    A junior at Georgia Tech, Howard cleared 1.95 meters/6 feet, 4.75 inches to win the women’s high jump and her 26th consecutive collegiate competition. Howard, a native of Riverside, Calif., scored 27 points to help lead the Yellow Jackets to a third-place finish. The 2004 Olympian also finished second in the long jump (6.18m/20-3.50), fifth in the triple jump (12.98m/42-7) and fourth in the 100m, although it was only contested for 90 metersbecause the race started at the wrong line.

    World-leading performers this weekend include two-time Olympic shot put medalist John Godina, who tossed 21.46m/70-5 at the UC San Diego Invitational, while 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Sanya Richards ran 51.03 at the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco, Texas.

    Now in its fifth 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.

    2005 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 4, Amy Rudolph; January 11, Dathan Ritzenhein; January 18, Janine Davis; January 25, Wallace Spearmon Jr.; February 1, Erin Gilreath; February 8, LaShawn Merritt; February 15, LaShawn Merritt; February 22, Walter Davis; March 1, Angela Daigle; March 8, Gov. Mike Huckabee; March 15, Kerron Clement; March 22, Lauren Fleshman; March 29, Deena Kastor; April 5, Deena Kastor; April 12, Tianna Madison; April 19 Alan Culpepper; April 26, John Godina*.

    * Note: I’m assuming there is some mix-up here. I believe that should be Chaunte Howard.

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