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De La Rosa Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 17, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM UTC
Estevan De La Rosa won by 30 seconds at the recent USATF Junior XC Champs. Photo: PrepCalTrack.com

He dominated the field at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country championships.

From: USATF

Estevan De La Rosa (Arcadia, Calif.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the young men’s division at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

De La Rosa won the 5K race in a time of 15:42.75 to record the largest margin of victory of the day as he crossed the line 30 seconds before his nearest competitor. This is De La Rosa’s second consecutive Junior Olympic title as he also won the 2011 intermediate boy’s division.

De La Rosa led the O’Brien’s Army team to the overall title in a very tight race with the Equalizers Track Club. Both team’s finished with an identical score of 48 points, but O’Brien’s Army came out on top when the tie was broken with the sixth man.

Now in its 11th 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.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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