INDIANAPOLIS - Evan Jager has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the men's Class AA 3-mile race Saturday at the 2006 Illinois State Cross Country Championships in Peoria, Ill.
Last year's ninth-place finisher at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, Jager won the 3-mile race crossing the line in 14 minutes 7 seconds. A senior at H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Ill., Jager will attend the University of Wisconsin next fall.
Another notable performance was turned in this weekend by Dean Karnazes, who completed his goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days Sunday at the New York City Marathon. A 43-year-old ultra marathoner from San Francisco, Karnazes ended his quest on a high note by clocking the fastest time of his journey, three hours 30 seconds.
Now in its sixth 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.
2006 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 3, Walt Henning; January 10, Amandi Rhett; January 17, Kevin Eastler; January 24, Marisa Hanson; January 31, Me'Lisa Barber; February 7, Reese Hoffa; February 14, Wallace Spearmon; February 21, Ryan Hall; February 28, Terrence Trammell; March 7, Ryan Harlan; March 14, Walter Davis; March 21, Bill Collins; March 28, Johnnye Valien; April 4, Deena Kastor; April 11, Trey Hardee; April 18, Meb Keflezighi; April 25, Deena Kastor; May 2, Alan Webb; May 9, Bershawn Jackson; May 16, Justin Gatlin; May 23, Kim Kreiner; May 30, Bryan Clay; June 6, Sanya Richards; June 13, Xavier Carter; June 20, A.J. Acosta; June 27, Lashinda Demus; July 5, Ebony Collins; July 11, Jeremy Wariner; July 18, Dominique Arnold; August 1, William Wynne; August 8, Nadine O'Connor; August 15, Walter Henning; August 22, Chris Carter; August 29, Khadevis Robinson; September 5, Sanya Richards; September 12, Tyson Gay; September 19, Sanya Richards; September 26, Dennis Simonaitis; October 3, Wallace Spearmon; October 10, Ryan Hall; October 17, Alan Culpepper; October 24, Abdi Abdirahman; October 31, Galen Rupp; November 7, Evan Jager.