Groner, Kline, Lindo, Tuohy selected as December Athletes of the Month


Open            Masters          Youth         High School

OPEN - Roberta Groner
Roberta Groner, 39, of Randolph, NJ has been selected as the USATF New York Open Athlete of the Month for December 2017.   Groner competes for the New York Athletic Club.

At the USATF National Marathon Championships, held December 3 in Sacramento, Groner ran to a 6 minute career best to place second.  Her time of 2:30:33 was only bettered by race winner Sara Hall (2:28:10).

USATF Marathon Championships (Dec 3)
2.  Roberta Groner   2:30:33

MASTERS - Jonathan Kline
Jonathan Kline, 57, of New York has been selected as the USATF New York Masters Athlete of the Month for December 2017. Kline competes for for the Dashing Whippets Running Team. 

On December 9, Kline ran 56:42 at the NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K to win the 55-59 division.  His age graded score was 85.99%; the fifth best age graded score out of the 2,495 men that competed.

NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K (Dec 9)
1. Jonathan Kline    56:42   (74th overall; 1st 55-59)


YOUTH - Brianna Lindo 
Brianna Lindo, 10, of Rosedale, NY has been selected as the USATF New York Youth Athlete of the Month for December 2017.  Lindo runs for the New York Novas.  

On December 9 at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, Lindo won the 9-10 division running 10:48.  She took the lead with just 50m to go and won by 1 second over Carysa Marquez of Colorado.  It was Lindo's second national title, having won the 7-8 division in 2015 in New Mexico.
USATF National Junior Olympic Championships (Dec 9)
1. Brianna Lindo  10:48 (3 km) 

High School - Katelyn Tuohy
Katelyn Tuohy, 15, of Stony Point, N.Y. has been selected as the USATF New York High School Athlete of the Month for December 2017.  She is a sophomore at North Rockland High School.

On December 3, Tuohy ran to victory at the Nike Nationals in Portland.  Her winning time of 16:45 put her 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga Springs. It was the largest margin of victory in the 14-year history of the event (28 seconds in 2016 by Brie Oakley) and also established a a new course record on the Glendoveer Golf Course that has been used for the championships since 2014.  The previous record of 16:57 was set in 2015 by Katie Rainsberger.  Rainsberger is now a sophomore at Oregon and finished 16th at this year’s NCAA Championships after a fourth place finish in 2016.
Nike Nationals (Dec 3)
1. Katelyn Tuohy  16:45 (course record)

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