INDIANAPOLIS - Maksim Korolev '14, a former Harvard cross country All-American, has been named the USATF Athlete of the week, as announced by USA Track and Field this week.
Korolev received the honor after he captured gold at the inaugural APA Pan American Cross Country Cup on February 22 in Barranquilla, Colombia. With a time of 28:21, Korolev led an American squad that placed three runners in the top-five and five in the top-10 to post a winning score of 15, swiftly defeating Ecuador's 52 points.
The performance in Colombia continues a stellar month for Korolev. In early February, he qualified for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China with a sixth-place finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships.
As a senior during the 2013 season at Harvard, Korolev earned USTFCCCA Cross Country All-America honors after finishing third at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish ever for a Crimson runner. The Harrisonville, Missouri, native also earned USTFCCCA Northeast Region Athlete of the Year honors after winning the regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. This past season competing at Stanford, Korolev notched a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.