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Maria Michta

Maria Michta

Event: Race Walk
Height: 5-5
Weight: 115
PR: 20 km RW - 1:30:49 (2014); 3,000m RW - 12:47.79 (2013)
Born: 06/23/1986
Current Residence: Nesconset, N.Y.
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
High School: Sachem H.S. North (Long Island, N.Y.) '04
College: C.W. Post '08
Coach: Tim Seaman
Agent: Self
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Club: Walk USA
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USA Championships
Five-time USA Outdoor 20 km RW champion – 2014 (1:35:54.37); 2013 (1:37:34.46); 2012 (1:34:53.33); 2011 (1:34:52); 2010 (1:39:46)
Five-time USA Indoor 3,000m RW champion – 2014 (12:47.79); 2013 (13:07.07); 2012 (13:15.31); 2011 (13:40.52); 2010 (13:51.33)
2004 USA Junior Outdoor 10 km RW bronze medalist (54:13)
2003 USA Junior Outdoor 10 km RW silver medalist (55:42)

International Championships
2005 Pan Am Race Walking Cup 10 km runner-up (48:03)
2005 Pan Am Games 10 km RW bronze medalist (49:44)

About Maria
Michta caught the Olympic bug when she watched Kerri Strug stick her vault landing at the 1996 Olympics, and while she first thought that soccer was her calling, she began to excel at the race walk while in high school. Since then Michta has been a steady figure on Team USA’s race walking squad as she had competed on four continents and in eleven countries. From 2010 to 2014 Michta has won gold in every USA Indoor 3,000m RW and USA Outdoor 20km RW. Michta graduated from Long Island University CW Post as the valedictorian with a degree in biology; she missed commencement for the 2008 World Cup. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Microbiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Michta took a six month leave of absence from graduate school in 2012 to focus on the Olympic Games.
Results
2014:
 1st at USA Indoors (12:47.79); 1st at USA Outdoors 20,000m RW (1:35:54.37)
2013: 34th at World Outdoors 20 km (1:33:51); 1st at USATF Club Championships 5,000m (22:43.97); 1st at USA Outdoors 20,000m (1:37:34.46); 1st at Penn Relays 5000m Walk (22:17.91); 1st at Pan American RW Cup Trials 20 km (1:35:38); 1st at USA Indoors 3,000m (13:07.07); 1st at Millrose Games 1 mile (6:40.06); 1st at USA Outdoors 
2012: 1st at USA 30 km RW Champs (2:40:44); 29th at Olympic Games (1:32:27); 1st at Olympic Trials (1:34:53.33); 1st at U.S. Race Walking Cup Trials 20 km (1:35:57); 1st at USA Indoors 3,000m (13;15.31)
2011: 9th at Pan Am Games (1:38:47); 30th at World Championships (1:38.54); 1st at USA Outdoors (1:34:52); 1st at USA Indoor 3,000m RW (13:40.52); 2nd at Millrose Games Mile (6:51.06)
2010: 1st at USA Outdoors (1:39:46); 2nd at USA 30 km RW Champs (2:39:35);  1st at US RW Cup Trials (1:43:46); 1st at USA Indoors 3,000m RW (13:51.33); 3rd at Millrose Games Mile (7:00.85);
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors (1:41:16.24);13th at Pan Am RW Cup (1:50:21);1st at US RW Cup Trials (1:46:03);
2008: 8th at Olympic Trials (1:47:45); 66th at IAAF World RW Cup (1:45:02); 7th at US Race Walking Cup Trials (1:45:08)
2007:  4th at USA Outdoors (1:41:28); 7th at NACAC Open 10,000m (59:01); 20th at Pan Am RW Cup (1:53:55); 5th at US Pan Am RW Cup Trials (1:48:55)
2006: 5th at USA Outdoors 20 km(1:47:54); 7th at US World Cup Trials 20 km (1:43:42)
2005: 3rd at USATF Club Champs 5,000m RW (25:16); US Pan Am RW Cup Trials champion (48:15); 3rd at Pan Am Juniors (49:44); 2nd at Pan Am RW Cup (48:03)
2004: 22nd at IAAF World Junior (51:43); 3rd at USA Junior Outdoors  (54:13); 29th at IAAF World Junior RW Cup (53:04)
2003: 2nd at USA Junior (55:42); 10th at IAAF World Youth Champs 5,000m RW (24:52.06); 2nd at USA-CAN Junior RW (54:51)

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
 Indoor bests - Mile walk, 6:19.00, 3000m walk, 12:47.79; Outdoor bests - 5000m walk, 22:13:64, 20,000m walk, 1:35:54.47, 20 km walk, 1:30:49
2013: Outdoor bests - 20km RW, 1:33.51 (No. 1 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests - 3,000m RW 13:15.31 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 20 km RW, 1:32:27 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 3,000m RW, 13:40.52 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20 km RW, 1:34:52 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 3,000m RW, 13:51.33 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 20 km RW, 1:38:20 (No. 2 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests – 20 km RW, 1:41:16.24 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 20 km RW, 1:45:02
2007: Outdoor bests – 20 km RW, 1:41:28
2006: Outdoor bests – 20 km RW, 1:43:42
2005: Outdoor bests – 10 km RW, 48:03
2004: Outdoor bests – 10 km RW, 51:43
2003: Outdoor bests – 10 km RW, 55:42
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