INDIANAPOLIS - Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.) has been named USA Track & Field’s athlete of the week after winning the USA 20 km Championships hosted by the Stratton-Faxon New Haven Road Race on Monday.
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Tegenkamp defended his 2012 title after running in the lead pack throughout the race and pulling ahead of his competitors over the final mile to cross the line first in 1:00:20. Tegenkamp is the first athlete since Dan Browne (2001-2002) to win back-to-back USA 20 km titles.
“This field was stacked with veteran runners, and it wasn’t a rhythm race. It was just a grinding, suffering fartlek. It is a great and satisfying performance, and a trial effort going into Chicago,” Tegenkamp said. “I knew whatever move I made, I would have to make it and go all the way to the line. From four miles out, it was managing that effort.”
Tegenkamp’s victory increased his lead in the USA Running Circuit standings, as he now has 50 total points, with a 17-point lead over second place Mo Trafeh. Tegenkamp has his marathon debut planned for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13, and is eligible to compete at the .US National Road Racing Championships
in Alexandria, Va. on Nov. 17.
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