Stanford graduate Jillian Camarena-Williams of the New York Athletic Club has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the week after tying the American Record in the women's shot put at the Paris Diamond League meet on July 8. This is the second athlete of the week honor for Camarena-Williams in 2011.
Camarena-Williams finished third with her mark of 66 feet, 2 1/2 inches, which tied Ramona Pagel's U.S. outdoor record that she set in 1988. This latest mark for Camarena-Williams comes on the heels of an indoor season where she also established the American indoor record of 65-2 1/4 which was also previously owned by Pagel who set the mark in 1987.
Camarena-Williams will represent the United States at the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships August 27-September 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
Now in its 10th 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.
Previous winners included incoming Stanford freshman Aisling Cuffe on June 22.