True Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Ben True put his best foot forward in Poland last weekend. Photo:

He helped the U.S. win silver at the World Cross-Country Championships.

The men’s American contingent at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Poland last weekend wasn’t expected to do much. After all, missing from the roster were the likes of Matt Tegenkamp and Dathan Ritzenhein.

But then came along Ben True. He placed sixth overall at the race and was the top-finishing American.

On the 12K course, True clocked in at 33 minutes, 11 — the best showing for an American in 27 years.

“Chris [Derrick] and I were sitting around the low 20s and feeding off each other,” True recalled afterwards, “and I kept telling myself to hang in there for one more lap, as guys from other teams started to drop back and we started picking them off.”

Overall, the United States finished second at the race.

“It was a hard course, with a lot of twists and turns, and a steep uphill,” True said, “and it was great that we were able to hang in there.”

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