INDIANAPOLIS - Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 9, and winning the USA 10 km Championships the following day.
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“I had already committed to running the B.A.A. half,” Cherobon-Bawcom said. “When I saw that I had a shot at the top three in the USA Running Circuit, I figured ‘hey, I’m going to be in Boston already, why not give it a shot?’”
Cherobon-Bawcom won both races with a comfortable margin of victory. In Sunday’s half marathon, she finished in 1:11:58, more than one minute and 35 seconds faster than second place. She followed that up with a 10 km performance where she pulled away at the half-way mark to win in 32:47, with more than 45 seconds separating her from second place.
“I’m super excited about it,” Cherobon-Bawcom said of being named athlete of the week. “You should’ve seen the look on my face when I found out. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by USATF.”
With wins at the USA 20 km, 10 mile and 10 km, Cherobon-Bawcom was able to take the top spot in the USA Running Circuit standings for the year. By winning the Grand Prix bonus, Cherobon-Bawcom added an additional $12,500 to her winnings.
Now in its tenth 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.
Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26,Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton; February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February 23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10, Bill Collins; March 16, Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan; March 30, John Nunn; April 6, Aries Merritt; April 13, Gunnar Nixon; April 20, Desiree Davila; April 27, Nolan Shaheed; May 4, Emma Coburn; May 11, Willie Gault; May 18, English Gardner; May 25, Kibwé Johnson; June 1, Khadevis Robinson; June 8, Carmelita Jeter; June 15, Lukas Verzbicas; June 22, Aisling Cuffe; June 29, Trevor Barron; July 6, Aldrich Bailey; July 13, Jillian Camarena-Williams; July 20, Johnnye Valien; July 27, Bernard Lagat; August 3, Marcus Krah; August 9, Leo Manzano; August 17, Magdalena Lewy Boulet; August 24, Brigetta Barrett; September 7, LaShinda Demus; September 14, Kasie Enman; September 21, Galen Rupp; September 28, Max King; October 5, Kathryn Martin; October 13, William Boland; October 19, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom