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Larisa Dannis named USATF Athlete of the Week

10/29/2014
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Standout marathoner Larisa Dannis earns USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after she won the USATF 50 Mile Road Championships on Oct. 25 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Dannis (Mill Valley, California) crossed the finish line in 5:59:11, completing the race 29 minutes ahead of the next closest competitor and finishing fifth overall. Her time set a championship record by more than 37 minutes, which makes Dannis the third-fastest American woman for that distance.

“It was completely overwhelming,” said Dannis. “I thought that on a perfect day I could run 6:15 or 6:30, so when I saw sub-six on the clock I couldn’t really believe it. It wasn’t until after the race that my coach and I realized that no American women had done it in almost 20 years. It was just so amazing.”

Dannis has established herself as a marquee ultra-marathoner after joining the sport just a few years ago. She competes next as a member of Team USA in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 21, at the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 100 km World Championships.

Other strong performances this week included:

  • Tyler Sigl (Seymour, Wisconsin) won the men’s USATF 50 Mile Road Championship by more than 13 minutes, finishing in 5:32:24 on Oct. 25 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Gregory Mitchell (McMinnville, Oregon) won the USATF Masters Men’s 15 km title in 48:30, finishing 3:47 ahead of the next closest competitor on Oct. 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Melody Fairchild (Boulder Colorado) won the USATF Masters Women’s 15 km title in 54:53, which was more than six minutes faster than the runner-up on Oct. 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Austin Tamagno (Brea, California) won the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational boys title in 14:23.2, posting the fastest time ever run on the three-mile course in Walnut, California.

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.

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Internet Publishing Coordinator
USA Track & Field



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