Spearmon Earns National and League Accolades
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After registering a school record and world-leading 200-meter time at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 21, sophomore Wallace Spearmon Jr. was named the Southeastern Conference and USA Track and Field (USATF) Athlete of the Week.
“Those are well-deserved honors and I’m happy for him,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “To have such a stellar performance this early in the season is very exciting. Lance (Brauman) has got him ready to go.”
Spearmon’s impressive time of 20.36 surpassed the UA record previously held by teammate Tyson Gay (20.40). It was also just one tenth of a second off of the American, NCAA and Tyson Center record of 20.26 held by 2004 Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Shawn Crawford and 2003 200-meter World Champion John Capel. Their time was registered at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Spearmon’s performance placed him at sixth on the U.S. all-time indoor list and easily gave him the NCAA automatic qualification.
The conference honor is the second Spearmon has earned during his career at Arkansas. During the 2004 outdoor campaign he was given the award after he ran an NCAA-leading 200-meter time of 20.36 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Now in its fifth year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels on the sport and is the first Spearmon has gained. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website (www.usatf.org). Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
This weekend Spearmon and the rest of the team will take a break before they travel to New York, N.Y. for the New Balance Armory Intercollegiate on Feb. 4-5.
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