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Erik Le Roux’s USATF Junior Olympics win earns him USATF Athlete of the Week


Erik Le Roux (Colorado Springs, Colorado) had the largest winning margin of any age group at the USATF National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Le Roux, an eighth-grader and a member of Landsharks Running Club, dominated the boys’ 13-14 age group over 4K, winning by 11.1 seconds in 12:16.4. He finished 10th last year and also claimed bronze in the 3,000m at the USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships this summer.

Full results of JOXC, which featured more than 3,300 athletes, are here. Watch on demand race footage and interviews at USATF.TV+.

Other notable performances:

  • Ian LaMere — LaMere, a former NCAA Division III national champion, won the men’s individual title at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships, running 29:10 for 10K.

  • Sarah Pagano — Pagano won the women’s individual title at the USATF Cross Country Championships by nine seconds, covering 6K in 19:40.

  • Mary Heinen — Heinen, a Virginia state 2A champion from Richmond, won the 15-18 girls’ age group gold at the USATF Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in 18:29.4 for 5K, four seconds ahead of the runner-up.

  • Sydney McLaughlin — Olympian McLaughlin made the most of her collegiate debut for Kentucky, zipping to a 36.12 300m at Indiana to set a world indoor U20 best and move to #7 on the all-time world indoor list.

  • Linda Cohn — Cohn added almost two meters to the women’s 65-69 age group javelin world record with a 33.99m/111-6 throw at San Diego.

  • Gary Patton Patton broke the world indoor record for the mile in the men’s 70-74 age group, clocking 5:29.81 at The Armory in New York City to trim more than two seconds off the listed record of 5:32.4, set by Scotty Carter in 1987.

  • Neville Davey Davey led his West Valley Track Club to victory in the Masters 40-59 Race at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, winning the individual title by over 20 seconds in 32:43.

Now in its 16th 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.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30; Darrell Hill, September 6; Jenny Simpson, September 13; Harvey Lewis, III, September 20; Ryan Vail, September 27; Joy Upshaw, October 4; Galen Rupp, October 11; Carol Finsrud, October 18; Molly Seidel, October 25; Sabra Harvey, November 1; Shalane Flanagan, November 8; Camille Herron, November 15; Leonard Korir, November 22; Sara Hall, December 7; Erik Le Roux, December 14.

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To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to

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