INDIANAPOLIS - University of Central Florida sophomore Octavious Freeman (Lake Wales, Fla.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after running a world-leading time in the women’s 100-meters and also winning the 200m at the Florida Relays Friday.
Freeman’s wind-legal time of 11.02 to win the 100m gives her the top time in the world this year by .13 seconds ahead of Brazil’s Franciela Krasucki (11.15). The personal best also places her ninth on the all-time collegiate performance list and was a Florida Relays and Percy Beard facility record. She bested the entire field by more than one-third of a second.
Her 200m winning time of 22.85 currently ranks third in the world and is tied with Kamaria Brown of Texas A&M for the top collegiate time this year.
Now in its 12th 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr; March 13, Tia Brooks; March 20, Bridget Franek; March 27, Ben True; April 3, Darvis “Doc” Patton; April 10, Octavious Freeman
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