USTCA Athletes of the Week

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    May 4 , 2004 — The United States Track Coaches Association announced that

    Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado and Alicia Craig of Stanford have been

    selected as the Athletes of the Week for NCAA Division I track & field.

    Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado :

    Colorado sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein set the American collegiate record in

    the men’s 10,000 meter run at the Cardinal Invitational hosted by Stanford

    University on Friday, April 30. Ritzenhein’s time of 27:38.50 also met the

    Olympic “A” standard and set a new Colorado school record. In his first-ever

    track 10,000 meters, Ritzenhein took sixth in the race which featured seven

    men earning the Olympic “A” standard as well. Ritzenhein wasn’t finished as

    he arrived in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday, May 1 to win the 5,000 meters at

    the Big 12 Outdoor Championships with his time of 14:08.40. Ritzenhein is

    qualified in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters for the NCAA Midwest

    Regional on May 28-29 hosted by Texas A&M University. CU’s top track & field

    athletes will get a well-deserved break as they prepare for their next big

    meet, the NCAA Regional at Texas A&M.

    Alicia Craig of Stanford :

    Stanford junior Alicia Craig established a national collegiate record in the

    10,000 meter run with her time of 32:19.97 at the Cardinal Invitational on

    Friday, April 30. Craig finished the race in eighth place which included

    three runners besting the Olympic “A” standard of 31:45.00. The 2003 NCAA

    and Pac-10 Champion in the 10,000 meters is also qualified in the 5,000

    meters at the NCAA West Regional on May 28-29 hosted by Cal-State

    Northridge. Stanford is slated to travel to Modesto, California, this

    weekend to compete in the annual Modesto Relays.

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