U.S. Women’s Indoor Athlete Of The Year — Ajee’ Wilson
March 2019by T&FN
HER AMERICAN RECORD 1:58.60 in the 800—which also ended up as the yearly world leader—was the topper for Ajee’ Wilson, but she solidified her claim with a world-leading kilo (2:34.71, missing the AR by just 0.52) and a 600 win at 1:25.91 (the No. 10 U.S. performance ever). She also had a back 800 time of 1:59.26, the world’s No. 3 performance on the season.
Honorable Mention: vaulter Lexi Jacobus, triple jumper Keturah Orji and miler Colleen Quigley. Jacobus moved to No. 9 on the all-time U.S. list with her 15-4¼ (4.68), Orji claimed the No. 2 American mark ever with her 47-9 (14.55) and Quigley’s 1500 of 4:06.16 made her No. 8 ever and her 4:22.86 mile raised her to No. 10. Special mention, too, to Tori Franklin, who despite losing to Orji at USATF earlier stole her AR with a 47-9¾ (14.57) jump.
Previous U.S. Women’s Indoor Athletes Of The Year
We went a long time between American Records in the 800: from Nicole Teter in ’02 to Ajee’ Wilson this year. And each earned AOY honors. Our last 20 No. 1s (Jenn Suhr leading the way with 4 such honors):
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