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Simbassa's gold at NACAC Cross Country earns him USATF Athlete of the Week

2/20/2019
 

Abbabiya Simbassa (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won the senior men’s 10K title at the NACAC Cross Country Championships to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

 

Simbassa, the fourth-placer at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m, led a sweep of the top four places by Team USATF, earning the squad a perfect score of 10. Running at Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad’s capital of Port of Spain, Simbassa covered the loop course in 31:49 to edge teammates Frankline Tonui (31:50) and Reid Buchanan (31:51). Evans Kirwa was Team USATF’s fourth man in 32:08.


Full results are here.

 

Other notable performances from the past weekend:


Breanna Sieracki — Sieracki led Team USATF’s senior team to the women’s trophy with a winning 36:34 10K at the NACAC Championships. The U.S. tallied 18 points, two ahead of runners-up Canada.

Tyrell Richard — A South Carolina State senior, Richard ran a 45.39 to win the 400m at the South Carolina Open in Columbia. That is the second-fastest time by a collegian this season.

Kortnei Johnson — Johnson equaled the No. 10 time ever by an American collegian in the women’s 60m with her 7.14 at the LSU Twilight.

Tim Tollefson — Tollefson was the winner of the USATF 50K Trail Championships at Auburn, California, winning by almost six minutes in 3:43:18.

 

Now in its 18th 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.

 

2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa.

 

We welcome your nominations!


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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