CEDAR CITY, Utah - Nov. 8 - Former Southern Utah athlete Cody Moat was named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, receiving national recognition after racing to a first-place finish in the USA Trail Marathon Championship last weekend. 

The SUU alumnus earned the title with a marathon time of 3:08:27, finishing more than six minutes ahead of the second-place runner. The championship took place in Moab, Utah, hosted by the Project Athena Moab Trail Marathon, and featured a rocky course full of technical obstacles.

Moat, a native of Fillmore, Utah, competed for the Thunderbirds in both track & field and cross country from 2000 to 2004 and is noted in the school's all-time record books with top times in the steeplechase and outdoor 3,000-meter run. He also earned several Mid-Continent conference titles during his career at Southern Utah, including the steeplechase (2003, 04), 10,000-meter run (2003, 04), indoor 5,000-meter run (2003), and as a member of the indoor distance medley relay team (2002). He was also named the Mid-Continent Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2003.

Moat received academic all-conference recognition seven times during his collegiate career and was named an Academic All-American for the 2003-04 season by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine.

The 2012 cross country squads will be in action on Friday as they race at the NCAA Mountain Region in Fort Collins, Colo., competing for a spot at the NCAA National Championship.