Refugio Track Star Picks College

A Refugio state track champion makes her college choice on Thanksgiving week.
Alexa Valenzuela, signing Monday night with UT-Rio Grande Valley. In the picture are Alexa, her parents, Morris and Michelle Avery, and her coach with the Show Up & Show Out track club, Robert Gadsden, and his wife, Pam. Video courtesy of Ollie Leon King.
At the state track meet in May, Valenzuela led the Lady Bobcats to the 2A state team title. Alexa won gold in the triple jump, gold in the 200 meter dash, gold in the hundred meter dash, bronze in the 400 meter relay.

Zach Bitter (Phoenix, Arizona) broke the world 100-mile trail run record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Bitter, 32, won the Tunnel Hill 100 at Vienna, Illinois, in 12:08:36, 24 minutes faster than the previous world record, set in 2010 by Sweden’s Jonas Buud. He also shattered the previous American record, slicing 36 minutes off the standard set by Ian Sharman in 2011. Bitter holds the AR for the track 100-miler, clocking 11:40:55 in 2015.

Full results can be found here.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Kellyn Taylor–Taylor won the women’s Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon by more than two minutes in 70:13, a PR and the fifth-fastest time of the year by an American.

Wilkerson Given–Given was the men’s winner at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, clocking 62:48 for a 2:06 margin of victory.

Emily Lipari — Lipari won the women’s Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown road mile by one second with a 4:38.

Nick Hauger — Hauger won the NCAA West Regional cross country title in 29:42.4 to lead his Portland squad to the team trophy.

Cailie Logue — Logue ran away with the NCAA Midwest Regional women’s title by almost 10 seconds to lead Iowa State to the team trophy.

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.