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Bernard Lagat takes 10K Championships title to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Arizona) won the USATF 10k Championships while competing in the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, setting a new benchmark for Masters runners.

The 43-year-old clocked a time of 28:45 to finish first against an impressive field of top American road racers, including Haron Lagat, Tyler Pennel, and Sam Chelanga. This is his 15th national championship but first on the roads. Lagat is the oldest athlete to ever win the USATF 10K Championships title.

Other notable performances of the weekend:

Shelby Houlihan won the 1500m at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in a personal best time of 3:57.34. Houlihan’s time also places her fourth on the all-time U.S. women 1500m list.


Noah Lyles clocked 19.69 to win the 200m at Lausanne. Lyles was able to tie his world-leading time while beating an impressive, highly anticipated field of competitors including Michael Norman and Rai Benjamin.


Shamier Little ran a time of 53.41 in the 400m hurdles, placing first at the Lausanne Diamond League meet. This race was a season’s best for Little.


Joseph Gray placed first in the men’s division at the Loon Mountain Race, which also served as the Mountain Running National Championships, in New Hampshire. Gray finished the 6.6 mile race with a time of  50:28, beating the runner-up by well over a minute.


Allie McLaughlin captured the Mountain Running National Championships title on the women’s side at the Loon Mountain Race. The 27-year-old clocked a time of 57:45 on the 6.6 mile course while ascending 2,200 feet vertically in the process.


Damien Halverson claimed his second consecutive victory in the Festival of Races 10k road race in Traverse City, Michigan. Halverson, a 21-year-old athlete from Ferris State University, crossed the finish line in 34:03.56, besting the runner-up by over two minutes.


Kevin Castille, 46, broke his own U.S. 45-49 15k record at the Boilermaker 15k race. He clocked 45:37, finishing first for his age group and 21st overall.


Diane Hoffman, 90, competed at the USATF East Region and New England Masters meet where she broke the U.S. 90+ record in the 100m. Hoffman crossed the finish line in 24.22, obliterating the previous record of 31.53 that stood since 1995.

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.


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