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Garrett Heath wins USATF AOW after three-peat in Edinburgh

INDIANAPOLIS -- Garrett Heath wins USATF Athlete of the Week after an impressive performance at Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 9 for a third straight cross country title in Scotland.
Heath (Seattle, Washington) led the pack early on during the senior men’s 8 km, but on the last lap battled with Great Britain’s Mo Farah. With Farah in the lead, Heath found another gear in the final meters to earn the win in 25:29. Farah was right behind finishing in 25:31.
“Because the 8K was a little more unfamiliar to me, I really wanted to stay patient early on to not put myself in a hole,” said Heath. “Just as I was getting ready to move, my U.S. teammate, Scott Fauble, made a strong surge to the front with around 1K to go, and it really gave me a shot of adrenaline to make a push for the finish.”
Heath will next compete in a 3k in North Carolina at the JDL meet and then a mile at the Millrose Games in NYC before gearing up for indoor nationals in Portland in March.
Other notable performances this week include:

  • Cassandra Scallon (Boulder, Colorado)  set a new course record by more than 17 minutes with her finish in 9:19:46  at USATF 100 km Trail Championships on Sunday, Jan. 10 in Bandera, Texas.The previous record was  9:35:23 set back in 2011.
  • Jim Walmsley (Flagstaff, Arizona) shattered a course record by 15 minutes when he won the USATF 100 km Trail Championships in 7:46:37 on Sunday, Jan. 10 in Bandera, Texas.
  • Kate Murphy (Burke, Virginia) set a National Junior Class Record in the 1,000 meters with her 2:45.35 at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games on Saturday, Jan. 9 in New York City. 
  • Jordan Geist (Saxonburg, Pennsylvania) threw the high school shot put         21.19m/69-6.5 at Slippery Rock to become the No. 9 all-time prep shot putter indoors.
  • Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) was named the 2016 EmblemHealth Hispanic Games male track athlete of the meet after setting a national-leading 21.25 for a meet record in the 200m in addition to tying the U.S. high school-leading 55m time with a meet record of 6.28. He also helped his 4x200m relay team to a close victory in 1:29.94.
Now in its 15th 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.
2015 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 21, Demi Payne; January 28, Casimir Loxsom; February 4, Anselm LeBourne; February 11, Jenny Simpson; February 18, Brycen Spratling; February 25, Maksim Korolev; March 4, Shannon Rowbury; March 11, Mary Norckauer; March 18, Daloria Boone; March 25, Irene Obera; April 2, Michael Stigler; April 8, Allen Woodard; April 15, Joe Kovacs; April 22, Vashti Cunningham; April 29, Jasmin Stowers; May 6, Sanya Richards-Ross; May 13, Bernard Lagat; May 20, Christian Taylor; May 27, David Oliver; June 3, Joe Kovacs; June 10, Grant Fisher; June 17, Ben True; June 24, Candace Hill; July 1, Justin Gatlin; July 8, Evan Jager; July 15, Christian Taylor; July 22, Shannon Rowbury; July 29, Anthony Bailey; August 5, Harrison Williams; August 12, Flo Meiler; Sept. 2, Ashton Eaton; Sept. 18, Camille Herron; Sept. 24, Don Pellmann; Sept. 30, Deena Kastor; Oct. 7, Molly Huddle; Oct. 14, Deena Kastor; Oct. 28, Camille Herron; Nov. 4, Tatyana McFadden; Nov. 11, Judy Pendergast; Nov. 18, Molly Huddle; Nov. 27, Erin Taylor-Talcott; Dec. 10, Camille Herron; Dec. 17, Kevin Castille.
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