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Kentucky’s Kevin Castille is USATF Athlete of the Week

Date: 
08/31/2017 - 14:11

Masters athlete Kevin Castille (Nicholasville, Kentucky) enjoyed a dominant weekend in Masters LDR in Flint, Michigan, winning both the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships and Crim 10 Miler, setting an American record and world best in his age division.

On Friday evening, Castille won both the Overall Masters Championship and the Age-Grading contest in the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships, hosted by the Michigan Mile of the HAP Crim Festival of Races. Castille won the Overall Men’s title in 4:24 on a challenging out, over and back road course with elevation changes. The dominance of the win is exemplified by an almost unheard of victory margin of 13 seconds. In a rare event, he also won the Men’s Age-Grading crown, emblematic of the best relative performance over all age groups.

The following morning, Castille competed in the Crim 10 Miler, one of the premier road races in America. Not only did he conquer the Masters field again, winning in a time of 49:03 with a 6-minute victory margin, but he also finished 8th overall behind runners like Dathan Ritzenhein and Scott Fauble, but ahead of top Open runners like Noah Droddy.

The current U.S. Masters 45-49 record listed for the 10 mile is a 52:22 run by Bill Rodgers in 1997. Castille, 45, lowered that mark by over 3 minutes on a USATF certified, record-eligible course. He also dipped under the world best - 49:36 - by over half a minute.

Other notable performances:

Tianna Bartoletta returned to the 100m at ISTAF and won in 11.04 over Germany’s Lisa Mayer and Gina Luckenkemper.

Sam Kendricks continued his win streak of 2017 at ISTAF, where the 2017 World Champion won men’s pole vault at 5.86m/19-2.75.

Aries Merritt clinched victory in the men’s 110m hurdles at ISTAF in 13.17, beating World Championships teammate Devon Allen by .9.

Ajee Wilson decreased both her distance and time to set an American best in the rarely-contested 600m at ISTAF. Wilson dipped under the 20-year-old mark set by Cuban Ana Fidelia Quirot in an impressive 1:22.39, finishing second behind Caster Semenya’s world best performance of 1:21.77.

Now in its 16th 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.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30.

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