INDIANAPOLIS - Ben True (Hanover, N.H.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after leading the USA men’s team to a silver medal at the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday.
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True placed sixth individually with a mark of 33:11, the top finish for a U.S. athlete in 27 years on the 12 km long distance course. Pat Porter also finished sixth in 1986, crossing the line at 35:49. Adam Goucher came in sixth in 2006, completing the 4 km short course in 11:02.
“Chris [Derrick] and I were sitting around the low 20s and feeding off each other,” True said after the race, “and I kept telling myself to hang in there for one more lap, as guys from other teams started to drop back and we started picking them off.”
The second-place finish ties the best performance mark in these championships since 1984 in East Rutherford, N.J. In 2001, the squad received a bronze medal in Ostend, Belgium.
“It was a hard course, with a lot of twists and turns, and a steep uphill,” True said, “and it was great that we were able to hang in there."
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
WEEK IN REVIEW - MARCH 18-24
from USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
WORLD LEAD'S FOR MARTINEZ, MUHAMMAD, RARE 300M FOR JETER AT PASADENA
Brenda Martinez and Dalilah Muhammad had world-leading outdoor marks in the 1500m and 400Hm, and Carmelita Jeter had a rare outing over 300 meters March 23 at the Pasadena Games. Martinez, 12th at the Olympic Trials last year, ran 4:08.43, while Muhammad. the 2007 World Youth champ, set a personal best with her 55.97.
Jeter, the reigning 100m world champion and 2011 World Champions 200m silver medalist, clocked 37.52 to finish second in her section behind former Oregon star Keshia Baker.
HICKS HURDLES TO WORLD LEADER
Last year's trials 110Hm fourth-placer Antwon Hicks hurdled to a world-leading 13.35 at the Miami Invitational. 2005 World Championship 100m gold medalist Lauryn Williams had a very windy (+3.8) 200m win in 22.69.
STRONG BREEZE HELPS PUSH WHITE TO SWIFT SPRINT DOUBLE
Texas Tech's Cierra White dramatically lowered her personal record in the 200m at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso on March 23, zipping to a 22.91 with a 0.6 aiding wind. That breeze turned into a gale for the 100m, where she notched an 11.09 with a 3.7 tailwind. White, a sophomore, has a wind-legal personal record of 11.57 from last year.
SORNA STEEPLE PERSONAL RECORD CLAIMS WORLD LEAD
Rachel Sorna of Cornell chopped almost 23 seconds off her 3000m steeplechase personal record with a 9:50.39 at Irvine on March 23, putting her atop the world list for '13. Sorna was the Ivy League runner-up last year and placed 11th in the 5K at the NCAA indoor championships earlier this month.
SUN DEVILS' CASSULO CLIMBS COLLEGIATE HAMMER LIST
Chelsea Cassulo of Arizona State moved to eighth on the all-time collegiate women's hammer list with her 69.80/229-0 throw in Tempe, Ariz., March 23.