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Cox Tabbed USATF Athlete of the Week
Cox, who graduated from Liberty in 1998, finished ninth in the marathon with a time of 2:20:29. He then concluded the remainder of the 50K at the nearby Sun Angel Stadium track, on Arizona State's campus. Cox's last lap was clocked in 71 seconds, enabling him to trim 4:31 off of Alex Tilson's American record, established in 2002.
Cox, a three-time participant in the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials, enjoyed success in both track & field and cross country during his time as a Liberty Flame. He was a four-time Big South champion, capturing back-to-back conference cross country crowns in 1995 and 1996. Cox was also the Big South outdoor titlist at 1,500 meters in 1997 and took the indoor 5,000-meter conference championship the following year.
Cox, now living and training in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is the first current or former Liberty student-athlete to be named USATF Athlete of the Week since Nov. 28, 2007. That day, Josh McDougal, now a graduate assistant on Liberty's track & field/cross country coaching staff, earned the award after capturing the 2007 NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship.
Now in its eighth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.