INDIANAPOLIS - Paige Rice of Oregon CC has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the midget girl's title Saturday at the 2007 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, presented by Finish Line, at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas.
The 2006 bantam girls winner, Rice dominated the field in the midget girls 3 km race cruising to victory in 10 minutes 58.57 seconds. Her next closest competitor was runner-up Nicole Mellow (Columbia Track Club) who finished in 11:15.04.
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.
2007 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 2, Thomas Morgan; January 9, Jacquelyn Coward; January 16, Ryan Hall; January 23, Johnny Dutch; January 30, Shalane Flanagan; February 6, Gail Devers; February 13, Alan Culpepper; February 20, Bernard Lagat; February 27, Christian Cantwell; March 6, Fasil Bizuneh; March 13, Natasha Hastings; March 20, Anthony Famiglietti; March 27, Nadine O'Connor; April 4, Natasha Hastings; April 10, Diana Pickler; April 17, Shalane Flanagan; April 24, Virginia Tech women's team, Ryan Hall; May 1, Jen Rhines; May 8, Walter Henning; May 15, Allyson Felix; May 22, Breaux Greer; May 29, Walter Dix; June 5, Jenn Stuczynski; June 12, Walter Dix; June 19, Chanelle Price; June 27, Tyson Gay; July 3, Jim Sorensen; July 10, Robin Reynolds; July 17, William Wynne; July 24, Alan Webb; July 31, Victoria Jordan; August 8, Reese Hoffa; August 14, Jeremy Wariner; August 21, Lela Nelson; August 28, Tyson Gay, September 5, Allyson Felix and Bernard Lagat, September 11, Phil Raschker; September 19, Sanya Richards; September 26, Brad Walker; October 3, Kara Goucher; October 9, Abdi Abdirahman; October 17, Deena Kastor; October 23, Jordan Hasay; October 30, Bobby Curtis; November 6, Ryan Hall, November 13, Teresa McWalters, November 27, Josh McDougal; December 5, Brittney Reese; December 11, Paige Rice.
Wins also for Surrey Storm, Saracens Mavericks and team bath
photo Dan Vernon
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