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Courtney Frerichs sets new American steeplechase record to win Athlete of the Week


Courtney Frerichs (Nixa, Missouri) claimed a new American record in the steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meet, clocking in at 9:00.85.

Frerichs led the American contingent in the international field, shaving off three seconds from her personal best to cross the finish line in 9:00.85. Frerichs was second only to newly-crowned world record holder Chepkoech of Kenya. Her time bested World Champion Emma Coburn’s previous American record of 9:02:58.


Other Notable Performances:

While competing in Heusden, Belgium, Shelby Houlihan (Sioux City, Iowa) captured a new American record (pending) in the 5,000m. She clocked a time of 14:34.45, beating her personal record by over 20 seconds and the previous American record by over four.


Sprinting a time of 12.36, Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) snagged the title of world leader in the 100m hurdles. Harrison, the current world record holder, was able to narrowly beat the world leading time to record the fastest hurdle race so far this year.


While competing in Monaco, Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida) recorded a personal best of 19.65 in the 200m. In addition to winning the event - now his fourth Diamond League win this season - he beat his own world-leading time and set a new meet record.


Gigi Collaran (Attleboro, Massachusetts) competed in the 800m at the North Attleboro Kids Day competition. Collaran, in the girls’ 10-11 division, completed the race in a time of 3:12. She was the overall winner of the event, beating all competitors regardless of gender or age, including athletes up to 16 years old.


James Randon (Osterville, Massachusetts) emerged victorious after competing in the Cape Cod 5K Championships. Randon, 24, ran a 5.01 pace and completed the race in 15:34.00. He beat the runner up by 15 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.


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