INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the USA 50 Mile Championships and setting a course record on Sunday, October 23.
Wardian covered the course at the Tussey Mountainback Race in Boalsburgh, Penn. in 5:33:46. Wardian’s time broke the previous course record by nearly 10 minutes and put him 17 minutes ahead of runner-up and former course record-holder Todd Braje.
“I’m so excited, I’ve never been Athlete of the Week before,” said Wardian when notified of the honor. “It doesn’t matter what I do, someone always does something better. I’ll win a race, but Ryan Hall will set an American Record, or Tyson Gay will run the fastest time in the world.”
Wardian averaged 6:39 mile pace over the 50 mile course that included 5,000 feet of elevation gain to earn himself a new PR by nearly 17 minutes.
Now in its tenth 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 usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26,Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton; February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February 23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10, Bill Collins; March 16, Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan; March 30, John Nunn; April 6, Aries Merritt; April 13, Gunnar Nixon; April 20, Desiree Davila; April 27, Nolan Shaheed; May 4, Emma Coburn; May 11, Willie Gault; May 18, English Gardner; May 25, Kibwé Johnson; June 1, Khadevis Robinson; June 8, Carmelita Jeter; June 15, Lukas Verzbicas; June 22, Aisling Cuffe; June 29, Trevor Barron; July 6, Aldrich Bailey; July 13, Jillian Camarena-Williams; July 20, Johnnye Valien; July 27, Bernard Lagat; August 3, Marcus Krah; August 9, Leo Manzano; August 17, Magdalena Lewy Boulet; August 24, Brigetta Barrett; September 7, LaShinda Demus; September 14, Kasie Enman; September 21, Galen Rupp; September 28, Max King; October 5, Kathryn Martin; October 13, William Boland; October 19, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom
; October 26, Michael Wardian