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High school junior Phillip Rocha earns USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS -- High school junior Phillip Rocha earns USATF Athlete of the Week after winning the boys 15-16 5k crown at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Rocha (San Gabriel Valley, California) ran a wire-to-wire race last Saturday, capturing the title by over 40 seconds with a time of 14:49.19. Rocha, who came into Myrtle Beach as the defending champion in the 15-16 boys age division, was dominant over 5k as his time would have also won the 17-18 men’s division.
Last month, Rocha also won the CIF Division I Cross Country Championships in Fresno, California with a time of 14:58, and was recently named the Pasadena Star-News Runner of the Year.
Other notable performances include:
  • John Nunn (Evansville, Indiana) won the US National 50 km Race Walk Championships in Santee, California on Sunday, Dec. 14, finishing in 4:04:08. His win qualifies him for the 2015 IAAF World Championships.
  • Laura Thweatt (Durango, Colorado) registered a second straight victory in the women’s 6k at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, turning in a time of 19:14.41.
  • Ryan Hill (Hickory, North Carolina) took home the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships 8k individual title with a time of 29:07.03.
  • Roisin Willis (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) won the 9-10 girls 3k race at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in 10:24.06, a time that would have earned her silver in the 9-10 boys 3k.
Now in its 13th 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.

2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; February 19, Bernard Lagat; February 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19,Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14,Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen; July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; August 21, Gwen Berry; August 27, Myles Marshall; September 3, Gia Lewis Smallwood; September 10, Justin Gatlin; September 17, Dawn Harper-Nelson; September 24, Deena Kastor; October 1, Shalane Flanagan; October 8, Tyler Pennel; October 15, Tatyana McFadden; October 22, Patrick Smyth; October 29, Larisa Dannis; November 5, Alana Hadley; November 12, Kathy Martin; November 20, Brian Shrader; November 26, Max King; December 10, Sarah Disanza; December 17, Phillip Rocha.

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