|Lucy Cheadle (l) & Katelyn Steen|
(photos courtesy WU & WWU Sports Information)
NEW ORLEANS--A pair of runners with ties to the state of Washington were named by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as its athletes of the week .
Washington University of St. Louis' Lucy Cheadle was selected as the Division III athlete of the week, as she won the UAA conference championship on the Forest Park course in St. Louis.
The product of Seattle's Roosevelt High School covered the 6k distance in 20:32 to win her third straight conference title, and in the process, help her team win the conference title with a low score of 23 to easily outdistance second place University of Chicago.
Cheadle, the reigning NCAA D3 steeplechase champ, earned her third athlete of the week honor this season with the win, as she destroyed the field by 82 seconds.
Western Washington's Katelyn Steen, a product of Eastlake HS in Sammamish, received the Division II women's athlete of the week honors, after winning the GNAC championship meet Saturday in Monmouth, Oregon, covering the 6k course in 20:14, beating her nearest competitor by 19 seconds.
The National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA at the beginning of each week, based on performances that were significant on the national landscape.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA, and the sports information offices of Washington University and Western Washington University contributed to this report.