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Anderson’s NXN victory wins him USATF Athlete of the Week


Liam Anderson (Larkspur, California) won the boys’ title at the NXN Nike Cross Nationals to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Anderson, a senior at Redwood High School in Larkspur, set a record of 14:57.6 for the 5K course at Portland’s Glendoveer Golf Course, staving off challenges from Indiana’s Cole Hocker and Colorado’s Cole Sprout. He is the first runner to crack 15 minutes at NXN and finished more than three seconds ahead of Hocker and five seconds up on Sprout. The two-time California state champion also became the first boy from the Golden State to win an NXN Nike Cross title.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Emma Bates — Bates made her marathon debut a memorable one, winning the USATF Championships at the CIM in 2:28:18. Her win earned her the overall USATF Running Circuit title for 2018.

Brogan Austin— Running strong over the final 5K of the CIM marathon, Austin won the men’s USATF Championships in 2:12:39, clipping 12 minutes off his previous PR.

Sarah Berger— Berger won the individual crown and led her Grand Valley State team to the title at the NCAA Division II cross country championships.

Katelyn Tuohy — Tuohy won the girls’ title at the Nike Cross Nationals, clocking 16:37.8 to set a course record and win by 17 seconds.


Now in its 17th 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.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy; October 3, Sonja Friend-Uhl; October 10, Jeannie Rice; October 17, Grace Stark; October 24, Gene Dykes; October 31, Fiona Bayly; November 7, Emily Sisson; November 14, Zach Bitter; November 21, Dani Jones; November 28, Jenny Hitchings; December 5, Liam Anderson.

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