Cazzola Runs To Third Consecutive National Award
After setting two national records in a span of 75 minutes, Christy Cazzola (Sr. • Kaukauna) has been named National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
This is the third straight week that Cazzola was honored. She received the individual award on Jan. 28 and was part of UW-Oshkosh's distance medley relay that was recognized on Feb. 4.
At the Iowa State Classic on Saturday (Feb. 9), Cazzola finished the mile run in 4:43.13 to break the NCAA Division III record. The original standard was set by Wartburg's Missy Buttry (4:43.92) during 2005.
Cazzola then took down a 26-year-old national record with her 800-meter time of 2:05.76. Mass.-Boston's Genesia Eddins held the mark with her 2:06.89 from 1987.
During November, Cazzola established another NCAA Division III record with her 5,000-meter run in 16:21.49 at the Grand Valley State Early Bird Meet. She is the only person to hold multiple indoor records.
The other USTFCCCA Athletes of the Week were Jeremy Taiwo (Washington) and Aurieyall Scott (Central Fla.) for Division I, Moussa Dembele (Saint Augustine's) and Barbara Szabo (Western State) for Division II and Dan Sullivan (UW-Stevens Point) for Division III.