April 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Elliot Krause's Big Ten-leading effort made him an easy choice for the league's athlete of the week honor.
The Wisconsin senior has been named co-Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after his world-class effort at the Mt. SAC Relays last Friday. He shares the honor with Penn State's Casimir Loxom.
Krause (Appleton, Wis.) scored a 10th-place finish in the Elite Invitational section of the 5000 meters, clocking in at a personal-best 13:34.30 in the fastest 5000 meters race in the world this year. He was the top finishing collegian in the race.
His time ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season and is the fifth-best mark by an American, with three of the four U.S. athletes ahead of him -- including world leader Will Leer (13:21.55) -- recording their marks in the same race at Mt. SAC.
Including Krause, the race at Mt. SAC provided 10 of the current top 21 times in the world.
Krause’s effort, which is the seventh-fastest time in UW history and makes him the fourth-fastest Badger ever in the event, is the top time in the Big Ten this season.
Interestingly enough, in his last outing at Mt. SAC, Krause set what held up as the fastest 10,000 meters time by a Big Ten athlete in 2011.
Krause's award is the second of his career outdoors and the first for a Badger since teammate Mohammed Ahmed was named the league's track athlete of the week last May.
Loxom, a senior at Penn State, earned a share of the honor by posting a league-leading time of 1:46.77 in the 800 meters at Mt. SAC. He also ranks No. 2 nationally in that event.