Tegenkamp Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Matt Tegenkamp appears to be in great shape for his marathon debut next month. Photo: www.photorun.net

The 31-year-old defended his 20K title in New Haven last weekend.

Former University of Wisconsin standout Matt Tegenkamp continues his presence in the limelight. USA Track and Field has named the 31-year-old as its Athlete of the Week.

Tegenkamp’s results prove he deserves the accolades.

After all, he won the U.S. 20K Road Championships last weekend in New Haven, Conn., becoming the first person since 2004 Olympian Dan Browne to win back-to-back titles.

Tegenkamp is gearing up for his marathon debut in Chicago next month.

“This field was stacked with veteran runners, and it wasn’t a rhythm race. It was just a grinding, suffering fartlek. It is a great and satisfying performance, and a trial effort going into Chicago,” he said. “I knew whatever move I made, I would have to make it and go all the way to the line. From four miles out, it was managing that effort.”

After Chicago, Tegenkamp could race in the .US National Road Racing Championships on Nov. 17.

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