De La Rosa Named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS - Estevan De La Rosa (Arcadia, Calif.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the young men’s division at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
De La Rosa won the 5 km race in a time of 15:42.75 to record the largest margin of victory of the day as he crossed the line 30 seconds before his nearest competitor. This is De La Rosa’s second consecutive Junior Olympic title as he also won the 2011 intermediate boy’s division.
De La Rosa led the O’Brien’s Army team to the overall title in a very tight race with the Equalizers Track Club. Both team’s finished with an identical score of 48 points, but O’Brien’s Army came out on top when the tie was broken with the sixth man.
Now in its 11th 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.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 21, Jeanne Daprano; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron; April 9, Kevin Castille; April 18, Brittney Reese; April 25, Amy Sproston; May 2, Leo Manzano; May 9, Stephanie Brown-Trafton; May 16, Allyson Felix; May 23, Nick Hartle; May 30, Kimberlyn Duncan; June 6, Jessica Cosby and Meghan Vogel; June 13, Jesse Williams; June 20, Shelby Ashe; June 27, Ashton Eaton; July 4, Allyson Felix; July 12, Christian Cantwell; July 18, Gunnar Nixon; July 25 Evan Jager; August 1, Denzel Harper; August 15, Allyson Felix; August 23, Reese Hoffa; August 29, Carmelita Jeter; September 5, Matt Tegenkamp; September 12, Aries Merritt; September 19, Ben True; September 26, Willie Banks; October 3, Jan Holmquist; October 10, Dathan Ritzenhein; October 17, Alana Hadley; October 22, Sarah Baxter; October 31, Laura Hollander; November 7, Cody Moat; November 14, Neely Spence; November 21, Christy Cazzola; November 28, Galen Rupp; December 5, Daniel Tapia; December 12, Estevan De La Rosa