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Joy Upshaw sets W55 100m American record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week


Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, California) broke the American women’s 55-59 100m record with a 13.27 at the Sri Chimnoy Self-Transcendence Masters Meet near Los Angeles to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Upshaw, 56, lowered the previous record of 13.30, set in 2002 by Phil Raschker.

Other notable performances:

  • Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir outleaned Leonard Korir to win the men’s USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis in 47:33. The World Championships 10,000m ninth-placer won his first U.S. title.

  • Sara Hall — Hall won her first USATF Running Circuit race of the year, capturing the women’s 10 Mile title in 53:43 in Minneapolis, two seconds ahead of runner-up Natasha Rogers.

  • Joseph Gray — Gray won his 13th national title, finishing first at the USATF Trail Half Marathon Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin. Gray’s time of 1:10:11 put him 40 seconds ahead of the next finisher.

  • Ashley Brasovan — Running her first trail race, Brasovan won the women’s USATF Trail Half Marathon in Hayward by more than five minutes, finishing in 1:18:30.

  • Roy Englert — Englert, 95, crushed the American 5K Record for Men 95-99 by eight minutes at the USATF 5K Masters Championships in Syracuse, clocking 40:40.

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.

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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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