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Oct 31, 2012 3:47 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's Laura Hollander named USA Track&Field's Athlete of the Week

Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships in a course record time of 19:12.6.

Hollander led the 6 km race wire-to-wire to break the previous course record by 45 seconds. The true freshman became only the second athlete to break 20 minutes since the Big West Championships moved to a 6 km distance in 2003.

Hollander led her team to win the overall conference title with 43 points.

"It was nice to get the individual win and also to have the team win meant a great deal to me," Hollander said. "It was a fun day to be a Mustang. I feel even more proud to win because it was the first ever individual win for a Cal Poly athlete."

Hollander's conference win is the latest in her undefeated college season that includes wins at the Pac 12 Preview and Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.

"This whole season for me I've simply tried to enjoy each race and run to the best of my ability each time," Hollander said. "I love running and racing so its been really fun."

Now in its 11th 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

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