Friend-Uhl runs record road mile to earn USATF Athlete of the Week

Sonja Friend-Uhl (Boca Raton, Florida) broke the masters women’s 45-49 road mile record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time in 2018.

Friend-Uhl, 47, clocked 5:06.33 at the Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to trim more than 10 seconds off the existing record. She finished 11th in the elite women’s race as she added another national record to the indoor marks she set earlier this year.

Other notable performances from the weekend:


Ian Whatley — Whatley was the top men’s finisher at the USATF 40 km Race Walk Championships at Owego, New York, with a 3:52:42.

Lydia McGranahan — McGranahan was the top women’s finisher at the USATF 30 km Race Walk Championships in 4:02:16.

Joseph Gray — Gray was the men’s winner of the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships in Wisconsin, covering the 13.1 miles in 1:13:16 for a 27-second victory margin.

Megan Roche — Roche led from start to finish to win the women’s USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship in 1:27:31, more than three minutes ahead of the runner-up.

Alicia Monson — Monson, a junior at Wisconsin, won the women’s 6K race at the Nuttycombe Invitational cross country meet in Madison in 19:33.3.


Now in its 17th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy; October 3, Sonja Friend-Uhl.

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