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Kebenei 10-Mile record wins him USATF Athlete of the Week


UPDATE: Misplaced turn-around nullifies record times at 2019 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile

Stanley Kebenei
(Colorado Springs, Colorado) broke one of the oldest U.S. men’s road running records to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Kebenei, who was fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2017 World Championships, broke Greg Meyer’s 36-year-old American record for 10 miles by 13 seconds with a 46:00 at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C. The Arkansas graduate knocked 36 seconds off his own lifetime best, set two years ago in winning the Cherry Blossom race.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Chase Ealey — Ealey had the best throw in the world for 2019 in the women’s shot put with a 19.67m/64-6.5 blast at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Her throw moved her to No. 6 on the all-time U.S. performers list.

Gwen Berry — Already ranked second on the all-time U.S. hammer list, Berry had a world-leading 76.23m/250-1 at the Houston Alumni Invitational, the 10th-best throw in American history.

Chloe Cunliffe — Cunliffe broke the American U20 record in the pole vault with a 14-8 clearance at the Arcadia Invitational.

Nico Young — Young moved to No. 10 on the all-time boys’ high school 3,200m list with an 8:40.00 win at Arcadia.

Perry Shoemaker — Shoemaker, 47, won the women’s masters title at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Run in 57:29, coming within 20 seconds of the American record and beating Deena Kastor in the process.

Roberta Groner — Groner, a 41-year-old mother of three and registered nurse placed fifth at The NN Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:29.06.

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; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei.


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