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Kathy Martin captures USATF Athlete of the Week after Masters 5K XC title

11/12/2014
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kathy Martin earns USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after winning the Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Carmel, Indiana.


In her first race back after nursing a foot injury, Martin (Northpoint, New York) made her finish with a time of 21:08, which gave her a 94.50% age-graded performance, plus the women’s 60-64 division title and first place in the women’s field.


“It was great,” Martin said. “It was a nice course, a tough course. I had people saying they really thought it was harder than it was in New Jersey (last year).”


Earlier this year at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, Martin took home the top spot in four different events in her age category. She won the 800 meters (2:39.09), 1500m (5:29:28), 5000m (19:37.67), and set an age-group world record en route to winning the 2000m steeplechase (8:37.34).


Martin’s successful 2013 season where she set a new outdoor 1 mile age-group world record (5:42:65) and was named Masters Female Athlete of the Year for her age group.


Martin will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the .US National 12K, where she will defend her 2013 crown.


Other strong performances this week include:


  • Peter Magill (South Pasadena, California) ran a time of 16:54, scoring an 89.50% age-graded performance to take home the men’s top prize at the Master 5 km Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Carmel, Indiana.


  • Tabor Stevens (Canon City, Colorado) of NCAA Division II Adams State won his Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title by 16 seconds while running at 7700 feet above sea level in Gunnison, Colorado, crossing in 25:20.


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 www.usatf.org. 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.


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