INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Mannozzi
has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 40k Race Walk Championships held Sunday, October 13 at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township, N.J.
""I went into this race with a plan of negative splitting, as my coach Michael Rohl and I planned in the weeks prior when I prepared for the race," said Mannozzi. "I had executed a similar plan en route to winning the 30k National Title last month. Both races were used to help me develop and race effectively for an optimal performance for the upcoming USA 50k National Championships next month in Coconut Creek, Fla."
Shore AC's Mannozzi led the men's field over the 40K (24.8-mile) route with a clocking of three hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds. It was the fastest winning time in the past six years and set Mannozzi's total of national titles at three - he'd previously won crowns at 30K (a month ago in Valley Cottage, N.Y.) and one-mile (at New York's Armory in 2012.)
Now in its 12th 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.
2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr; March 13, Tia Brooks; March 20, Bridget Franek; March 27, Ben True; April 3, Darvis “Doc” Patton; April 10, Octavious Freeman; April 24, Erik Kynard; May 1, Queen Harrison; May 8, Tyson Gay; May 15, Jon Olsen; May 22, Mary Cain; May 29, Michael Tinsley; June 5, Mary Cain; June 12, Brianna Rollins; June 26, Brianna Rollins; July 3, Thomas Burns; July 10, Ryan Whiting; July 17, William Bell. Sr.; July 24, Jenny Simpson; July 31, Tia Jones; August 14, Brittney Reese; August 21, LaShawn Merritt; August 28, Megan Glasmann; September 4, Matt Tegenkamp; September 11, Mandy Ortiz; September 18, David Oliver; September 25, Molly Huddle; Desi Davila, October 3, Kathryn Martin, October 10; Michael Mannozzi, October 17.