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Wardian Named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS
– Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.) has been named USA Track &
Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the USA 50 Mile Championships
and setting a course record on Sunday, October 23.

© Tim Kemple  

Wardian covered the course at the Tussey Mountainback Race in
Boalsburgh, Penn. in 5:33:46. Wardian’s time broke the previous course
record by nearly 10 minutes and put him 17 minutes ahead of runner-up
and former course record-holder Todd Braje.

“I’m so excited, I’ve never been Athlete of the Week before,” said
Wardian when notified of the honor. “It doesn’t matter what I do,
someone always does something better. I’ll win a race, but Ryan Hall
will set an American Record, or Tyson Gay will run the fastest time in
the world.”

Wardian averaged 6:39 mile pace over the 50 mile course that included
5,000 feet of elevation gain to earn himself a new PR by nearly 17
minutes.

Now in its tenth 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.

Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou CT; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January
20, Josh Cox; January 26,Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton; February
9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February 23, Ryan Crouser;
March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10, Bill Collins; March 16,
Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan OR-MA; March 30, John Nunn; April 6,
Aries Merritt; April 13, Gunnar Nixon; April 20, Desiree Davila; April
27, Nolan Shaheed; May 4, Emma Coburn; May 11, Willie Gault; May 18,
English Gardner; May 25, Kibwé Johnson;
June 1, Khadevis Robinson; June 8, Carmelita Jeter; June 15, Lukas
Verzbicas; June 22, Aisling Cuffe NY; June 29, Trevor Barron; July 6,
Aldrich Bailey; July 13, Jillian Camarena-Williams; July 20, Johnnye
Valien; July 27, Bernard Lagat; August 3, Marcus Krah; August 9, Leo
Manzano; August 17, Magdalena Lewy Boulet; August 24, Brigetta Barrett;
September 7, LaShinda Demus; September 14, Kasie Enman VT; September 21,
Galen Rupp; September 28, Max King; October 5, Kathryn Martin NY; October
13, William Boland; October 19, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom; October
26, Michael Wardian

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track
& field, long-distance running and race walking in the United
States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the
World’s #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the
Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory
sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States:
www.usatf.org.

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