M45 Kevin Castille’s busy weekend nets USATF Athlete of the Week

Kevin (shown elsewhere) ruled on Michigan roads.

M45 distance phenom Kevin Castille didn’t stop with his 14:11.09 track 5K WR in Nashville in June. USATF named him its Athlete of the Week on Wednesday after his 4:24 out-and-back road mile Friday in Michigan and a 49:03 10-miler Saturday also in Flint. Age-group records were set in both, USATF says. We hope he shows at indoor or outdoor masters track nationals or Malaga worlds in 2018.

Here’s what USATF said:

Masters athlete Kevin Castille (Nicholasville, Kentucky) enjoyed a dominant weekend in Masters LDR in Flint, Michigan, winning both the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships and Crim 10 Miler, setting an American record and world best in his age division.

On Friday evening, Castille won both the Overall Masters Championship and the Age-Grading contest in the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships, hosted by the Michigan Mile of the HAP Crim Festival of Races. Castille won the Overall Men’s title in 4:24 on a challenging out, over and back road course with elevation changes. The dominance of the win is exemplified by an almost unheard of victory margin of 13 seconds. In a rare event, he also won the Men’s Age-Grading crown, emblematic of the best relative performance over all age groups.

The following morning, Castillo competed in the Crim 10 Miler, one of the premier road races in America. Not only did he conquer the Masters field again, winning in a time of 49:03 with a 6-minute victory margin, but he also finished 8th overall behind runners like Nathan Ritzenhein and Scott Fauble, but ahead of top Open runners like Noah Droddy.

The current U.S. Masters 45-49 record listed for the 10 mile is a 52:22 run by Bill Rodgers in 1997. Castille, 45, lowered that mark by over 3 minutes on a USATF certified, record-eligible course. He also dipped under the world best — 49:36 — by over half a minute.

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August 30, 2017

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  1. Rob Walters - September 5, 2017

    Very inspirational! Keep on truckin’ Kevin!

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