1/1/2003: Rau named Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Rau has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after becoming the overall winner Saturday at the HUFF 50K Trail Run in Huntington, Ind.

Running in his first ultramarathon, Rau won the men's race in 4 hours, 21 minutes, 53 seconds, despite making a wrong turn during the second loop which cost him seven minutes.  The 22-year-old Brighton, Mich., native faced a strong challenge from Ryne Melcher of Detroit, Mich., who finished as the runner-up, just 21 seconds behind Rau.  Todd Scott of Royal Oak, Mich., was third in 4:28:07.

USATF's 2002 Women's Ultradistance Runner of the Year Ann Heaslett of Madison, Wisc., was the overall women's winner in 4:45:38. Tamara Whitten of Indianapolis, Ind., was the runner-up in 5:04:50, with Linda Barhorst of Fort Loramie, Ohio, third in 5:22:37.

Now in its second year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF Web site. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

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