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.US Champion and American record holder wins AOW

INDIANAPOLIS -- Red-shirt college senior Brian Shrader earns USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after winning his first national title, setting an American record and defeating a field of professionals at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia, Nov. 16.
“I was scared out of my mind in the last 100 meters,” said the still shocked 23-year-old from Flagstaff, Arizona. “I thought for sure people would pass me, and I didn’t believe it when I actually did cross the line first. It’s one of the best feelings in the world - pure joy, disbelief, shock and so many emotions. After I crossed the line, I was almost trying to make sure that it actually happened.”
In a lead pack of seven elites, Shrader was just two seconds behind the 2013 .US champion, Aaron Braun, who paced a 4:43 opening mile. Gradually, Shrader’s speed increased and by the end of the race, he was hitting 4:35 for the final 2 km to finish with a new American 12 km record of 34:11.
“It was actually a dream weekend for me,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy with this sport with how much work you put in and how many years beforehand you’ve competed until it finally pays off in one day. This was years and years of hard work coming together in that half-hour to pay off on that day.”
Prior to the win, Shrader, who still has NCAA indoor and outdoor eligibility, was unsure he was strong enough to compete at the professional level. Now, he has a new confidence, and he’s made his “what’s next” decision a little harder.

Now in its 13th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; February 19, Bernard Lagat; February 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19,Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14,Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen; July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; August 21, Gwen Berry; August 27, Myles Marshall; September 3, Gia Lewis Smallwood; September 10, Justin Gatlin; September 17,Dawn Harper-Nelson; September 24, Deena Kastor; October 1, Shalane Flanagan; October 8,Tyler Pennel; October 15, Tatyana McFadden; October 22, Patrick Smyth; October 29, Larisa Dannis; November 5, Alana Hadley; November 12, Kathy Martin; November 20, Brian Shrader.
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