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James earns second USATF Athlete of the Week nod of 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- For the second time in four weeks, USATF masters athlete Libby James (Fort Collins, Colorado) has been named USATF Athlete of the Week after shattering another U.S. masters record.


James overcame an extremely challenging, hilly course and 70 degree warmth, to add another U.S. record to her tally. At the USATF Masters 15K Championship this past Sunday, James finished in 1:25:06 to surpass the previous U.S. best by four minutes. James also had the best age-grading score of the day at 96.52.


James previously won the accolade for her performance at the USATF Masters 5K Road Championships on Sunday, October 2. Hosted by the Syracuse Festival of Races, there were masters records in multiple age groups, but James’s feat reigned supreme. James (Fort Collins, Colorado) finished in 25:11, shattering the previous U.S. masters W80 record of 29:23 (Anne Clarke, 1989) and setting a world best.


Other notable performances:

  • Bill Collins (Houston, Texas) dominated the M65 100 heats and final at the WMA Championships in Perth, running a wind-aided 12.18 in the final. Collins is next scheduled to run the 200, 400, and relays.
  • Bobby Curtis (Louisville, Kentucky) matched his personal best and turned in the second-fastest time by an American this year after his 2:11:20 finish at the Frankfurt Marathon last weekend. Curtis was fourth overall and the top American in Frankfurt, re-recording his 2:11:20 PB from the 2014 Chicago Marathon.
  • Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Michigan) captured her third career Big Ten individual title with a wire-to-wire victory, while adding the No. 6 Wolverines’ team victory over No. 9 Penn State and No. 27 Michigan State, 63-70-80. Turned in a 25-second victory in 20:37.3 for her second consecutive conference title.
  • Lauren LaRocco (Sacramento, California) turned in a decisive victory at the West Coast Conference Championships, finishing 30 seconds ahead of the field in 20:27.8. Sitting in third place with a kilometer to go in the West Coast Conference women’s championships, the Portland Pilots rallied back to take their first title since 2008 in a battle with two other top-20 teams.
  • Kathy Martin (Northport, New York) won the W65 8K cross country gold medal at the WMA Championships in Perth, and followed two days later with a gold medal and world record 20:08 in the 5000m.
  • Irene Obera (Fremont, California) won the W80 heptathlon with a world best 6,071 points and a world record in the W80 hurdles. In addition to the completed seven events of the heptathlon, she is also competing in eight individual events.

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.


2016 Winners: January 13, Garrett Heath; January 20, Donavan Brazier; January 27, Keni Harrison; February 3, Jenn Suhr; February 10, Vashti Cunningham; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin; June 2, Keni Harrison; June 9, Tia Brooks; June 16, Donavan Brazier; June 23, Sydney McLaughlin; June 30, Tia Jones; July 7, Allyson Felix; July 15, Bernard Lagat; July 22, Allen Woodard; July 29, Keni Harrison; August 5, Chantae McMillan; August 11, Myrle Mensey; August 20, Michelle Carter; August 26, Matt Centrowitz; September 1, Megan Roche; September 8, Christian Taylor; September 14, Joe Gray; September 21, Jenny Hoffman; September 30, Jeff Henderson; October 5, Libby James; October 13, Brian Pilcher; October 20, Andy Wacker; October 27, Pete Kostelnick; November 3, Libby James.


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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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