MICHTA SETS US RECORD WITH WORLD CUP TRIALS WIN
2012 Olympian Maria Michta (Nesconset, N.Y.) established a new U.S. record in the 20K walk in winning the U.S. Trials race for the IAAF World Cup of Race Walking on Sunday. Her time of 1:31:09 in cool, rainy conditions betters the previous mark of 1:31:51 set by Michelle Rohl in 2000. The top five women, all of whom had the U.S. qualifying time, qualified for the trip to Tiancang, China, in May.
In second, Miranda Melville (Rush, N.Y./New York AC) clocked 1:33:10, a personal best by almost two minutes and the fourth-fastest time in U.S. history. Rounding out the China-bound squad will be Susan Randall (Beavercreek, Ohio/Miami Valley TC), Katie Burnett (Rochester, N.Y.), and Erin Taylor-Talcott (Oswego, N.Y./Shore AC). Overall women's winner Rachel Seaman of Canada set a new national standard with her 1:30:43.
The men's race was competitive through the tape with two-time Olympian John Nunn (Bonsall, Calif./U.S. Army) pulling away from Patrick Stroupe (Armstrong, Mo.) 1:26:45 to 1:27:12, with Missouri Baptist University teammates Nick Christie (El Cajon, Calif.) and Alejandro Chavez (Pharr, Texas) placing 3-4, and Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio/Shore AC) taking the final team spot.
Junior 10K race winners were Anthony Peters (Bartlett, Ill.) in 47:26 and Brenda McCollum (Fall River, Kan.) in 51:54.
Seven countries were represented in the open race. Team USA competes in the World Race Walking Cup May 3-4. Full results can be found at http://eliteracingsystems.com/wp2014/.
Contributed by Steve Vaitones, Managing Director, USATF - New England Association
LAGAT SETS AMERICAN 5K ROAD RECORD AT CARLSBAD 5000
Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) set the American 5,000-meter road record by finishing his first 5K road race in 13:18 at the Carlsbad 5000.
Lagat, a four-time Olympian and current five-time American record holder, broke Mark Davis' mark of 13:24, set in the Carlsbad 5000 in 1996.
Lagat finished second Sunday after Ethiopia’s Gebremeskel pulled away with 300 meters to go. Gebremeskel won his fourth straight Carlsbad 5000 in 13:13.
TEXAS RELAYS OPENS OUTDOOR SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE
Trayvon Bromell was impressive to start the 2014 outdoor season, tying the world junior record with his winning time of 10.01 (+1.5) in the men’s university 100m at Texas Relays. Bromell has run a wind-aided sub-10 before but to run so fast this early in the season shows there’s a strong season ahead for the Baylor freshman. His time is the fastest in the world so far this season and Bromell was named USTFCCCA Division I Men's National Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
Florida’s men’s 4x1 edged Texas A&M 38.29 to 38.30 for an American collegiate record as the quartet of Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall and Dedric Dukes recorded the fastest-ever 4x1 by an all-U.S. collegiate team. Florida’s time was also a Texas Relays record and the fastest collegiate relay in sixteen years. Hall was a member of Team USA in the 400m and 4x4 at the World Outdoor Championships in Moscow.