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USATF Half Marathon Trail Champion earns Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS -- After setting a course record at USA Track & Field Half Marathon Trail Championships in Bellingham, Washington, Patrick Smyth earns USATF Athlete of the Week to compliment his first national title.
Smyth (Salt Lake City, Utah) made his finish in 1:14:55, clocking the event’s fastest time in its four-year history as he crossed nearly three minutes ahead of the second-place competitor.
“I was pretty elated,” said Smyth. “I have raced a lot of USATF Championships on the track, on the road and now on the trails. This is my first championship, so it’s pretty significant to finally win. I have been second and third, and I finally took the victory.”
Smyth finished second at 2014 U.S. Mountain Running Championships in July to qualify for the 30th IAAF World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy, where he competed as a member of Team USA in September.
Other notables performances from the week included:

  • Maria Dalzot (Bellingham, Washington) was the hometown hero who won the women’s title at USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships at Lake Padden in Bellingham, Washington. Dalzot set a personal best with her winning time of 1:32:13.
  • Blake Theroux (Chesapeake, Virginia) finished second in the men’s race at the Pre-National Invitational with a time of 24:06.1 to lead the University of Colorado to a 30-point victory. Last month he became the first back-to-back champion of the Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout, winning in 24:23.1.
  • Rachel Johnson (Plano, Texas) won the Pre-National Invitational in 20:21.1, finishing 15.3 seconds faster than the next closest competitor. This comes after earning her fifth Big 12 Runner of the Week honor and placing second at the Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 20:41 on the 6K course last month.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; February 19, Bernard Lagat; February 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19,Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14,Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen; July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; August 21, Gwen Berry; August 27, Myles Marshall; September 3, Gia Lewis Smallwood; September 10, Justin Gatlin; September 17,Dawn Harper-Nelson; September 24, Deena Kastor; October 1, Shalane Flanagan; October 8,Tyler Pennel; October 15, Tatyana McFadden; October 22, Patrick Smyth.
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