Meb Keflezighi Named USA T&F Athlete Of The Week

Feb. 12, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - Meb Keflezighi has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete ofthe Week after successfully defending his 2001 U.S. 12k Cross Country titleat the U.S. Winter Cross Country Championships on Sunday in Vancouver,Washington.

Keflezighi edged out Abdi Abdirahman to win one of the closest U.S. CrossCountry Championship races ever, with both competitors finishing the coursein 34:45. Keflezighi is the American Record holder at 10,000m (27:13.98) andfinished second at 10,000m at the 2001 GMC Envoy Outdoor Track & FieldChampionships. At the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, Keflezighifinished 13th overall at 12k in 40:46.

During his four-year (1995-98) UCLA career, Keflezighi won four NCAA individual distance titles in1997 - NCAA Indoor 5000m (13:52.72), NCAA Outdoor 5000m (13:44.17)/10,000m (28:51.18) andthe NCAA Cross Country championship.

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