Colleen De Reuck named USATF Athlete of the Week

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Colleen De Reuck has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri.

    De Reuck, a resident of Boulder, Colo., ran 2 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds to come from behind to win and qualify for her first Olympics with Team USA. De Reuck passed American marathon record holder Deena Kastor after the 24-mile mark in breaking Margaret Groos’ trials record of 2:29:50 set in 1988 at Pittsburgh. De Reuck, 39, is a three-time Olympian for her native South Africa, who was naturalized as an American citizen in December 2000.

    World-leading performers from last week include Larry Wade who set a meet and stadium record in the 110m hurdles, winning in 13.13 seconds at the Texas Relays, in Austin. In addition, Raasin McIntosh ran 55.29 to win the 400m hurdles at the Texas Relays and Shalane Flanagan ran 8:55.05 to win the 3,000m in Durham.

    Now in its fourth 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.

    2004 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 13, Dan Taylor; January 20, Jen Toomey; January 27, Erin Gilreath; February 3, Jearl Miles-Clark; February 10, Alan Culpepper; February 17, Curt Clausen; February 24, Jen Toomey; March 2, Gail Devers; March 9, Allen Johnson; March 16, Sanya Richards; March 23, Phillip Dunn; March 30, Max Springer; April 6, Colleen De Reuck.

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