BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech cross country runner Thomas Curtin was named the NCAA Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
Curtin, a redshirt senior from Leesburg, Virginia, won the ACC’s individual men’s cross country crown at the 2015 ACC Cross Country Championships held Friday at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. He set a course record, running the 8K event in a time of 23 minutes, 23 seconds.
Curtin was in the lead pack for the entire race and led for much of it. In the final 200 meters, Syracuse’s Justyn Knight passed him, but Curtin out-kicked Knight down the stretch and crossed the finish line ahead of Knight by less than a second.
The win marked the second of the season for Curtin, who also won the NCAA Pre-National meet held Oct. 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. In that race, he beat the two-time defending NCAA champion, Ed Cheserek of Oregon.
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