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Barron Named USATF Athlete of the Week

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04/04/2012 - 10:41

usatf_aotw_trevorbarron.jpgINDIANAPOLIS - Trevor Barron has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after finishing as the top American at the IAAF Race Walking Cup Trials 20 km in 1:22:13 on April 1 in Eugene, Ore.

Barron bettered the Olympic “A” standard of 1:22:30 as he finished third overall, with guest competitors from Colombia and Ecuador taking the top two spots. Barron’s performance places him as the No. 2 U.S. race walker of all-time based on record-eligible performances. Barron sits behind his coach and American record holder Tim Seaman by 11 seconds.

Barron is currently in his second semester at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where he plans to pursue a degree in computer science or math. Barron quipped that, “coming down from 6,000 feet makes sea level feel pretty easy.”

“I knew I was capable of walking the ‘A’ standard and I was pleased when I did,” he said. “I hope to be even faster in Russia, then the Olympic Trials and the Olympics.”

Barron will next compete at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia on May 12.

Now in its eleventh 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron