Verzbicas named Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS –Lukas Verzbicas has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the individual boy’s title at the Nike Cross Nationals Saturday in Portland, Ore.

The 2009 Foot Locker Cross Country champion and a junior at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., Verzbicas covered the 5 km course in 15:59.2, edging New Jersey high school sophomore Edward Cheserek by two seconds. He will be back in action next Saturday when he looks to defend his title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

Now in its ninth 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.

Winners: January 13, Jen Clayton; January 20, Shalane Flanagan; January 27, Nolan Shaheed; February 3, Bernard Lagat; February 10, Bernard Lagat; February 17, Shalane Flanagan; February 24, Amber Campbell; March 3, Amber Campbell; March 10, Phil Raschker; March 17, Ashton Eaton; March 31, Lisa Koll; April 7, Queen Harrison; April 14, Magdalena Lewy Boulet; April 21, Bershawn Jackson; April 28, Phoebe Wright; May 5, Chris Solinsky; May 12, Walter Dix; May 26, Cory Martin; June 2, Chaunte Lowe; June 9, Bernard Lagat; June 16, Queen Harrison; June 30, Kara Patterson; July 7, David Oliver; July 22, David Oliver; July 28, Conor McCullough; August 4, Kennedy Blahnik; August 11, Tyson Gay; August 18, Allyson Felix; August 26, Robin Reynolds; September 1, Molly Huddle; September 8, Bernard Lagat; Kibwe Johnson; September 22, Robert Cheseret; September 29, Joe Detmer; October 6, Linda Somers Smith; October 13, Joan Benoit Samuelson; November 3, Teresa Vaill; November 10, Shalane Flanagan; November 17, Megan Venables; December 1, Aisling Cuffe; December 8, Lukas Verzbicas.