INDIANAPOLIS – Darvis “Doc” Patton (Dallas, Texas) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 100m dash and running the anchor leg on the winning 4x100m relay at the 86th Texas Relays in Austin, Texas this weekend. Patton took advantage of a strong tailwind of 4.3 meters per second to run the fastest time in the world this year as he clocked 9.75 in the 100m. Patton’s time makes him the sixth fastest man in history under all conditions.
“I’m almost at a loss for words, to be honest,” Patton said. “I knew I would be able to run fast based on my indoor season, even though I only ran one race. Going through the 60m indoor race I knew I was accelerating, so I was pretty anxious to run the 100m race outdoors.”
Patton also ran the anchor leg for the Stratton Sprint group, helping them to a win in the 4x100m relay, posting a mark of 38.36. Patton was joined by Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell and Jared Connaughton to set the fastest time in the world this year.
“We all train together, so we wanted to go down to the Texas Relays and have a little fun,” Patton said. “I said, ‘Let me run anchor. Let’s do something crazy.’ We put Wallace [Spearmon] to run first. We got the stick around — thankfully — and ended up running a world leader.”
Patton, 35, has enjoyed a career as an elite athlete for 13 years. This is the first time the two-time Olympic relay silver medalist and two-time world outdoor relay champion has been selected as the USATF’s Athlete of the Week.
“I was excited. I guess there is a first time everything. Better late than never,” Patton said laughing. “I can finally say I got [the athlete of the week award] under my belt.”
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.