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Michta-Coffey sets 10 km American record en route to 20 km trials title

4/3/2016
 

EARTH CITY, Missouri -- Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) had a record-setting Sunday, breaking the 10 km American record en route to the 20 km race walk title at the U.S. Trials for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. On the men’s side, three-time Olympian John Nunn (Bonsall, California) won the 20 km title to qualify for the U.S. team at both the 20 km and 50 km distances.


Michta-Coffey turned in a wire-to-wire victory Sunday, but her opening 10 km was one for the history books, as she took down a 20-year-old American record of 44:17 (Michelle Rohl, 1995). Michta-Coffey split 44:09 Sunday for her opening 10 km to capture her fifth American record on the roads. The 2012 Olympian also owns records at the 5 km, 15 km, 20 km and 25 km distances. Michta-Coffey took home the 20 km crown Sunday in 1:34:46. Also turning in podium finishes Sunday were Miranda Melville (Rush, New York) and Erin Gray (Eugene, Oregon), who finished in 1:37:21 and 1:37:42, respectively.


Nunn, having already qualified for the 50 km race walk at both the IAAF World Race Walking Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, averaged sub-7 miles to capture the men’s 20 km title in 1:26:12, nearly three minutes ahead of the chase pack. Nunn has now won three national titles in 2016, having also registered a victory at the USATF Indoor Championships in the men’s 3000m race walk. Coming in behind Nunn were Emmanuel Corvera (San Diego) and Nick Christie (El Cajon, California), who crossed in medalist spots in 1:29:07 and 1:29:47, respectively. Christie has qualified for Worlds in the 50 km as well.


Cameron Haught (Enon, Ohio) and Anali Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois) won national titles in the junior men’s and women’s 10 km races, with Haught walking his way to a dominant victory in 43:52, nearly four minutes ahead of the next competitor, and Cisneros edging Meaghan Podlaski (Colonie, New York) for the win in 50:37.

 

Full results from Sunday’s championship can be found here. Team USA now turns its focus to the IAAF World Race Walking Championships, May 7-8 in Rome, Italy.



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