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Sara Hall’s USATF Marathon win earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Sara Hall (Redding, California) won the women’s USATF Marathon Championships at the California International Marathon in Sacramento Sunday, running 2:28:10 to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Hall, who was competing in her second marathon in a five-week period after finishing fifth in Frankfurt with a PR 2:27:21 on October 29, set the early pace and was never really challenged. She passed the halfway point in 1:13:38, on pace to set another lifetime best, and her lead was more than three minutes. At the finish, Hall had a 2:27 margin over the runner-up, and with her victory she ended up second in the 2017 USATF Running Circuit point standings. Full results of the CIM are here.

Other notable performances:

Timothy Ritchie — Ritchie chopped more than two minutes off his lifetime best to win the men’s USATF Marathon Championships in 2:11:56, 32 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Katelyn Tuohy — Tuohy, a sophomore at North Rockland HS, won the Nike Cross Nationals girls’ title in 16:44, breaking the 5K course record by 12 seconds.

Aidan Troutner — A senior at Utah’s Timpview High School, Troutner won the boys’ Nike Cross Nationals gold in 15:03.

Karissa Schweizer — Missouri’s Schweizer won the 5000m at the Boston University Opener in 15:17.31, the No. 6 time in women’s collegiate indoor history.

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 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; Shalane Flanagan, November 8; Camille Herron, November 15; Leonard Korir, November 22; Sara Hall, December 7.

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

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