(11-18-08) From USATF Press Release – Galen Rupp has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning his second straight NCAA West Regional title Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

A 2008 Olympic 10,000 meter finalist, Rupp crossed the line in 27 minutes 41.24 seconds on a course that was just 85m shy of 10,000 meters. His closest competitor, teammate and runner-up Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, was over 50 seconds back. Rupp became the third Oregon runner to win back-to-back Regional titles, joining Jim Hill in 1982-83 and Karl Keska in 1995-96.

Now in its seventh 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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

Article from the Oregonian about Rupp – www.oregonlive.com