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Deena Kastor ties record, earns USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic bronze medalist and masters distance athlete Deena Kastor earns USATF Athlete of the Week after a near recording-breaking performance in the 5 km at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, California), who completed the 5 km in a season’s best 15:48, tied both the U.S. and World Masters record as she finished first among the women’s field and in third place overall. Kastor tied Colleen De Reuck’s time set at the 2004 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, New York.
Kastor is no stranger to landmark results in major road races. At the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia, she set a world masters record at age 41, finishing in 1:09:36 to break her own American masters half marathon record in addition to the world mark.
  • Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, California) set an American Masters record in the half marathon with his 63:02 finish at Rock ’n’ Roll San Jose.
  • Cerake Geberkidane(Denver, Colorado) of Oklahoma State won the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater with a 24:31.3 for 8 km. He was also a 2015 Pan Am Juniors silver medalist in the 5,000m.

Now in its 14th 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.
2015 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 21, Demi Payne; January 28, Casimir Loxsom; February 4, Anselm LeBourne; February 11, Jenny Simpson; February 18, Brycen Spratling; February 25, Maksim Korolev; March 4, Shannon Rowbury; March 11, Mary Norckauer; March 18, Daloria Boone; March 25, Irene Obera; April 2, Michael Stigler; April 8, Allen Woodard; April 15, Joe Kovacs; April 22, Vashti Cunningham; April 29, Jasmin Stowers; May 6, Sanya Richards-Ross; May 13, Bernard Lagat; May 20, Christian Taylor; May 27, David Oliver; June 3, Joe Kovacs; June 10, Grant Fisher; June 17, Ben True; June 24, Candace Hill; July 1, Justin Gatlin; July 8, Evan Jager; July 15, Christian Taylor; July 22, Shannon Rowbury; July 29, Anthony Bailey; August 5, Harrison Williams; August 12, Flo Meiler; Sept. 2, Ashton Eaton; Sept. 18, Camille Herron; Sept. 24, Don Pellmann; Deena Kastor, Sept. 30.
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