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Josh Cox Sets US 50K Record

Cox named Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS
– Josh Cox has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week
after setting an American record in the men’s 50 km race held in
conjunction with P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘ Roll Marathon Saturday in Phoenix,
Ariz.
 
A three-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon,
Cox crossed the line in 2 hours 47 minutes 17 seconds, smashing the
previous record by over four minutes. The former record of 2:51:48 was
set by Alex Tilson in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2002.
 
In a race
where Cox had to overcome two bathroom breaks and an upset stomach,
which plagued him over the first 20 miles of the race, his marathon
split of 2:20:32 was his best time since 2007 and would have placed him
ninth overall. After running the final five miles on a 400m track, his
last lap was clocked at 71 seconds.
 
Now in its eighth 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 the USATF website.
Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous
week.
 
2009 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox.
 
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JANUARY 18
 
MEN

 
60 – 6.59 Kendall Stevens (unat) – Minneapolis, MN 1/17
200 – 20.77ot Torrin Lawrence (Georgia) – Lexington, KY 1/17
400 – 46.59ot Gil Roberts (Texas Tech) – Lubbock, TX 1/17
800 – 1:50.29ot Mike McGrath (unat) – Seattle, WA 1/17
3000 – 8:07.05ot Tom Kloos (unat) – Seattle, WA 1/17
60H – 7.58 Jason Richardson (South Carolina) – Lexington, KY 1/17
HJ – 2.25/7-4.5 Dusty Jonas (Nebraska) – Lincoln, NE 1/17
PV – 5.50/18-0.5 Jordan Scott (Kansas) – Lawrence, KS 1/16 & Jake
Winder (North Central) – Kenosha, WI 1/17 & Brian Mondschein (unat) –
Blacksburg, VA 1/17
LJ – 7.83/25-8.25 Norris Frederick (unat) – Seattle, WA 1/17
TJ – 16.19/53-1.5 Andre Black (Louisville) – Lexington, KY 1/16
SP – 19.71/64-8 Zack Lloyd (Arizona) – Flagstaff, AZ 1/17
WT – 24.11/79-1.25 A.G. Kruger (Nike) – Kent, OH 1/17
 
WOMEN
 
60 – 7.17 Murielle Ahoure (Miami) – Lexington, KY 1/17
200 – 23.43ot Ashlee Kidd (unat) – Lexington, KY 1/17
400 – 53.52ot Nadonnia Rodrigues (South Carolina) – Lexington, KY 1/17
800 – 2:06.39 Geena Gall (Michigan) – Bloomington, IN 1/17
Mile – 4:39.51ot Kara Goucher (Nike) – Seattle, WA 1/17
3000 – 9:03.47ot Kara Goucher (Nike) – Seattle, WA 1/17
60H – 8.06 Tiffany Ofili (Michigan) – Bloomington, IN 1/17
HJ – 1.91/6-3.25 Destinee Hooker (Texas) – Houston, TX 1/16
PV – 4.37/14-4 Alicia Rue (Minnesota) – Minneapolis, MN 1/17
LJ – 6.40/21-0 Akiba McKinney (Nike) – Seattle, WA 1/17 & Lela Nelson
(Nike) – Blacksburg, VA 1/17
TJ – 13.26/43-6 Jeomi Maduka (Cornell) – University Park, PA 1/17
SP – 16.20/53-1.75 Patience Knight (Texas Tech) – Lubbock, TX 1/17
WT – 20.89/68-6.5 Loren Groves (Kansas State) – Manhattan, KS 1/17

About USA Track & Field
 
USA
Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and
field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the
most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and
junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult
runners in the United States.
 
For more information on USATF, visit
www.usatf.org

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