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Sabra Harvey wins Masters 15 km Championships age grading competition to earn USATF Athlete of the Week

11/3/2017
 

Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas), 68, won the Age Grading competition at the USATF National Masters 15 km Competition hosted by the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run, now in its 40th year. This was her fourth Age-Grade Championship of the season at a National Championship race; she ran 1:07:24 graded out to 98.69%.


Sabra had to contend with the longest championship race of her season in Tulsa, a hilly, challenging course and harsh weather conditions. It was unseasonably cold at 35 degrees and with double-digit winds. And she had a serious challenger in Edie Stevenson, also age 68, who ran faster than the existing 10 mile record for the age division she shares with Harvey, by capturing her division title at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run.   


As they are both the same age, Harvey could only win the Age Grading title by beating Stevenson. At the 5K mark, they both flew by with Harvey at 22:23 and Stevenson 4 seconds back. By the 10K mark, Stevenson had closed in so there was only a 1 second gap.


Harvey took off and by the time she was running under the large flag draped a hundred meters from the finish line, the 1 second gap had grown to a minute and Harvey had her victory over her toughest rival, winning both the Age Division and the overall Age-Grading National Championship. She also won the masters mile, 5K and 10K national titles earlier this year.


Other notable performances:

  • Kevin Castille — Castille was tops in the 45-49 age group at the USATF Masters 15K Championship, and also took overall age-graded honors as his 46:21 scored at 94.3%.

  • Grant Fisher — The Stanford junior won the Pac-12 individual title by 3.1 seconds in 23:44.9 for 8K, and led the Cardinal to its first team win since 2010.

  • Dani Jones — Colorado won its third straight Pac-12 women’s title with individual champion Jones leading the way. The junior sizzled to an 18:57.3 for 6K to win by 1.2 seconds.

  • Sara Hall — Hall set another lifetime best in the marathon, placing fifth at Frankfurt in 2:27:11.


Now in its 16th 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 USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30; Darrell Hill, September 6; Jenny Simpson, September 13; Harvey Lewis, III, September 20; Ryan Vail, September 27; Joy Upshaw, October 4; Galen Rupp, October 11; Carol Finsrud, October 18; Molly Seidel, October 25; Sabra Harvey, November 1.


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To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.


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