Veatch Selected as December Athlete of the Month

Ben Veatch of Carmel has been named the USATF Indiana Athlete of the Month for December 2015.  Veatch, 17, had a historic month as he became only the fourth high school athlete to finish in the top three at both the Nike Nationals and the Foot Locker National Championships (note: Futsum Zeinasellassie of Indianapolis is one of the others to do it).
Veatch, who has committed to attend Indiana University, started the month off  by finishing second at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. on December 5  Veatch, who stayed tucked into the lead pack throughout the race, briefly took the lead with about 250m to go but was not able to respond to the strong kick of Utah’s Casey Clinger.  At the finish Veatch stopped the clock at 15:04.8; just 1.6 seconds behind Clinger.   race video
Just one week later Veatch toed the line with the top 40 runners in the country at the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.  He finished third running 15:09.6 to finish behind Andrew Hunter (14:55) of Virginia and Phillip Rocha (15:07.9) of California.

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