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Collins named Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Masters standout Bill Collins of Houston, Texas has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after he set three American and two World Records last weekend at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

Collins USATF Athlete of the Week

Collins USATF Athlete of the Week

Collins won the national title in every flat event under 400m for the men’s 60-64 age division. He ran 24.32 for 200m, 55.68 for 400m, and his time in the 60m is still under review.“I knew I had trained well, but it was only my second meet of the year,” Collins said. “I didn’t expect to run at the level I did, and I attribute that to my competitors, the tremendous atmosphere in Albuquerque and the fabulous track facility out there.”

Collins has been running at an elite level since high school including competing internationally for Team USA, and now is a fixture in the masters track and field community.

Collins explained, “Once you get to masters, it is a joy. There is so much camaraderie with the athletes; it is like a reunion of family and friends when we get together.”

Now in its tenth 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.

Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26, Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton; February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February 23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10, Bill Collins