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Kastor set masters 8K record to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, California) broke the masters women’s 45-49 8K American record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Kastor, the 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, clocked 27:12 at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago to clip 33 seconds off the previous record of 27:45, set in 2005 by Carmen Troncoso. She finished eighth overall in the women’s race.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Chase Ealey — Ealey won the shot put at the Douglas International Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand, with her outdoor world-leading throw of 18.95m/62-2.25.

DeAnna Price — American record-holder Price won the hammer at the SIU Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale with a 74.47m/244-4 effort. Only four American women other than Price have ever thrown farther.

Turner Washington — A redshirt at Arizona State, Washington uncorked the best outdoor men’s shot put throw by an American in 2019 with his PR 20.81m/68-3.25 at the ASU Invitational.

Alison Wood — Wood set a world masters women’s 45-49 indoor high jump record to win gold at the WMA Championships in Poland, clearing 1.67m/5-5.75.

Now in its 18th 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.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor.


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