Desiree Davila has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after she came within two seconds of winning the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday.
Davila ran in sixth place for much of the first half of the race, as New Zealand's Kim Smith ran ahead to a big lead. However, after Smith pulled out of the race with leg cramps, Davila eventually moved to the front of the lead pack with three Kenyans. Over the last mile of the race Davila battled with the eventual victor, Caroline Kilel, in a a series of gutsy back-and-forth surges.
Kilel edged Davila for the win in 2:22:36, with Davila only two seconds behind in 2:22:38. Davila now joins the ranks of Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuleson to become the third-fastest American woman in history.
"I gave it all I had. It was the most incredible experience of my running career," Davila said. "My legs were shot. There was nothing left."
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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
While the weekly honor typically includes performances from the past Monday - Sunday, the timing of the Boston Marathon on Patriots' Day Monday warranted an extension of the performance window.
Fourth is no good enough