Kelati's 10K Victory Earns Her USATF Athlete of the Week Recognition

Weini Kelati, hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona and representing USATF Arizona, showcased her exceptional prowess by clinching victory in the USATF women’s 10K Championships. Battling unfavorable wet and windy conditions at the Great Cow Harbor 10K Run in Northport, New York, Kelati surged ahead from the start, quickly creating a substantial gap between herself and the competition. She crossed the 5K mark in a remarkable 16:04, leaving eventual runner-up Ednah Kurgat trailing by 23 seconds.

Throughout the latter half of the race, Kelati maintained her lead, eventually sealing her triumph with a finishing time of 31:57, a commanding 43 seconds ahead of Kurgat. She narrowly missed breaking the course record by just five seconds, marking her first victory on the 2023 USATF Running Circuit.

Additional standout performances from the previous week included:

  • Clayton Young securing the men’s USATF 10K Championships with a three-second lead in 28:49, marking his third win of the year on the USATF Running Circuit.
  • Elise Stearns claiming the individual women’s title with a 16:18.9 5K, guiding her Northern Arizona team to victory at the Virginia Invitational cross country meet.
  • Drew Bosley earning the men’s individual title with a time of 23:20.3 in the 8K, leading Northern Arizona to victory at the Virginia Invitational cross country meet.
  • Davis Bove securing the men’s individual title with a time of 23:40.1 in the 8K, contributing to Cal Poly’s triumph at Oregon’s Dellinger Invitational.

The USATF Athlete of the Week program, now in its 22nd year, celebrates outstanding performers across all levels of the sport. Each week, USATF honors a new athlete based on their exceptional performances and results from the previous week. These achievements are featured on USATF.org, showcasing the diverse talent within the sport.

Congratulations to all the athletes who have received this prestigious recognition in 2023, and USATF welcomes nominations for future honorees.

Reference:

https://www.usatf.org/news/2023/young-kelati-earn-big-wins-at-the-usatf-10-km-cham

https://www.usatf.org/news/2021/kelati%E2%80%99s-5k-win-earns-her-usatf-athlete-of-the-wee

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