ME’s Benoit Samuelson USATF Athlete of the Week

‰ÛÓ Joan Benoit Samuelson has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete
of the Week after setting a pending U.S. Masters record Sunday at
Bank of America Chicago Marathon and following that up by running in the
Tuft’s Health Plan 10K for Women on Monday in Boston.

1984 Olympic gold medalist, Benoit Samuelson ran an American 50-54
year-old age-group record of 2:47:50 in Chicago on Sunday before hopping
a flight to Boston where she ran the Tuft’s Health Plan 10K for Women
on Monday. In Boston, she cruised to a comfortable 40:29 performance in
the USA
Women’s 10 km Championship, good enough for 10th in the Masters
(40 & over) Division and 60th overall among the 6,699 women in the

Now in
its ninth 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

January 13, Jen Clayton; January 20, Shalane Flanagan; January 27,
Nolan Shaheed; February 3, Bernard Lagat; February 10, Bernard Lagat;
February 17, Shalane Flanagan; February 24, Amber Campbell; March 3,
Amber Campbell; March 10, Phil Raschker; March 17, Ashton Eaton; March
31, Lisa Koll; April 7, Queen Harrison; April 14, Magdalena Lewy Boulet;
April 21, Bershawn Jackson; April 28, Phoebe Wright; May 5, Chris
Solinsky; May 12, Walter Dix; May 26, Cory Martin; June 2, Chaunte Lowe;
June 9, Bernard Lagat; June 16, Queen Harrison;
June 30, Kara Patterson; July 7, David Oliver; July 22, David Oliver;
July 28, Conor McCullough; August 4, Kennedy Blahnik; August 11, Tyson
Gay; August 18, Allyson Felix; August 26, Robin Reynolds; September 1,
Molly Huddle; September 8, Bernard Lagat; Kibwe Johnson; September 22,
Robert Cheseret; September 29, Joe Detmer; October 6, Linda Somers
Smith; October 13, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

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:

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