Athlete of the Week: Amanda Raudabaugh
Amanda Raudabaugh is this week’s Athlete of the Week. Someone who knows a thing or two about breaking SU track records, Raudabaugh recently broke the 22-year-old women’s mark in the 500-meter for indoor track.
Raudabaugh, a senior at SU, has been breaking track and field records for years. This mark just proved to set her over the top. Raudabaugh, racing with just two other competitors in the second of two heats, blazed around the track in 1:16.16. The old mark was held by 400-meter specialist Tina Butcher, who posted a time of 1:16.60 in 1990. A record like that needs recognition, but Raudabaugh has also managed to stack up some other great statistics.
On the national scale Raudabaugh is a three time NCAA Division II All-American with two of those nods coming from the 800-meter and a one-time NCAA Division II National Champion in the distance medley relay. Raudabaugh is a four-time PSAC Champion with victories in the 800-meter and 4×800-meter in the past two years. Raudabaugh has taken the 800-meters to new heights for SU. She continues to be successful no matter if it is with her teammates or it is individually.