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American race walk records close out 2018 season


INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2018 season wrapped up with some stellar race walk performances at the USATF Indoor 5,000m Race Walk Championships at the Doron Field House and Activities Center in Rochester, NY on December 29.

Nick Christie (El Cajon, California) won the 5,000m Race Walk Championship en route to also breaking the oldest American record on the books. Christie clocked 21:03.04 to claim the 5,000m title and continued walking to a 43:05.53 (record pending) in the 10,000m walk, destroying John Knifton’s 1974 record of 44:36.0. Christie won the 5,000m by more than three minutes and the 10,000m by more than six minutes over Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) who clocked 24:20.39 and 49:33.49, respectively.

On the women’s side, Miranda Melville (Chula Vista, California) followed in Christie’s footsteps winning the 5,000m in American record time, breaking her own 5,000m American record with a time of 22:23.91. Her previous American record of 22:39.53 was set in 2015. Molly Joseph (Glen Carbon, Illinois) finished second in 25:30.27.

Through the 3,000m mark, Christie (12:11.62), Melville (13:20.69), and Joseph (14:34.47) qualified for the USATF Indoor Championships to be contested in New York in February.

Erin Taylor-Talcott (Oswego, New York), Robert Keating (Nashua, New Hampshire), Joel Dubow (Tucker, Georgia) each set 1 Mile and 2 Mile (Hand Timed) American age group records. Taylor-Talcott (40) clocked 8:11.5 and 16:42.3; Keating (71) 9:13.2 and 19:04.8; and Dubow (75) 10:39.8 and 21:49.4.

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