NEW ORLEANS –Texas A&M junior Deon Lendore earned his fifth career National Athlete of the Week honor from the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association as he recorded a world-leading time of 44.90 seconds in winning the 400 meters at the35th annual Sun Angel Classic to establish a personal best time.
In earning his first outdoor National Athlete of the Week honor from USTFCCA Lendore adds to the four indoor national honors he has received over the past two years, twice in 2013 and twice in 2014.
Lendore and teammate Carlyle Roudette (45.77) both set career best times in finishing first and second in the featured 400 final on Saturday evening in Tempe, Arizona. Lendore’s 44.90 improved upon his previous best of 44.94 he ran in finishing second at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
This was Lendore’s first race over a two week span following an injury he suffered at the Texas Relays in late March. Lendore slowed on the backstretch and then stopped with 120 meters left on his anchor leg of the 4x400 relay during the Texas Relays.
After running a personal best to win the Sun Angel 400 meters, Lendore anchored the Aggie 4x400 relay to a 3:02.67 victory with a split of 44.7 as A&M defeated Arizona State (3:06.12) and Kansas (3:07.19). The relay time by the Aggies is currently the second fastest collegiate time of the season and fifth fastest in the world.
Lendore finished the 2014 indoor season as the world leader with his 45.03 school record from defending his SEC title and claimed his first individual national title in winning the NCAA Indoor 400m with a time of 45.21. Lendore also anchored the Aggie 4x400 to a collegiate record of 3:03.20 at the SEC Indoor Championships with a split of 44.63.