INDIANAPOLIS - Cody Moat (Fillmore, Utah) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the USA Trail Marathon Championships hosted by the Project Athena Moab Trail Marathon on Nov. 3.
Moat covered the challenging and technical course in 3:08:27, more than six minutes faster than his nearest competitor.
“It was a tough course,” Moat said. “I really went in thinking I would run about 20 minutes faster than I did. I was surprised by the technical aspect of it, but I did like how difficult it was.
“The sand slowed the pace down a little bit. We would go from sand to slick rock, and it was rough the whole way through, but it was beautiful and very scenic.”
This was Moat’s first national title after a standout career at Southern Utah University and a recent series of wins at Spartan Races, an obstacle racing series.
“I’ve been wanting to do a trail national championship race for a long time,” Moat said. “Two years ago I signed up for the marathon championships, but I got injured and wasn’t able to run.”
Now in its 11th 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.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 21, Jeanne Daprano; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron; April 9, Kevin Castille; April 18, Brittney Reese; April 25, Amy Sproston; May 2, Leo Manzano; May 9, Stephanie Brown-Trafton; May 16, Allyson Felix; May 23, Nick Hartle; May 30, Kimberlyn Duncan; June 6, Jessica Cosby and Meghan Vogel; June 13, Jesse Williams; June 20, Shelby Ashe; June 27, Ashton Eaton; July 4, Allyson Felix; July 12, Christian Cantwell; July 18, Gunnar Nixon; July 25 Evan Jager; August 1, Denzel Harper; August 15, Allyson Felix; August 23, Reese Hoffa; August 29, Carmelita Jeter; September 5, Matt Tegenkamp; September 12, Aries Merritt; September 19, Ben True; September 26, Willie Banks; October 3, Jan Holmquist; October 10, Dathan Ritzenhein; October 17, Alana Hadley; October 22, Sarah Baxter; October 31, Laura Hollander; November 7, Cody Moat