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Michta-Coffey wins USATF Athlete of the Week


Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) walked the sixth-fastest 20K in U.S. history at the World Team Championships Trials to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Michta-Coffey, who has won seven USATF 20K walk titles in her career, finished the race on the 1K loop course in Philadelphia in 1:32:09. Only she and two other American women have ever walked the distance faster. The event served as the qualifier for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships at Taicang, China, on May 5-6. Full results from the Trials can be found here.


Other notable performances from the weekend:

Anthony Kunkel — Kunkel won the men’s USATF 100K Championships in 6:52:09.8. The 26-year-old Coloradoan won by almost 43 minutes.

Liza Howard — Howard, a 46-year-old Texan, won the women’s USATF 100K Championships in 8:07:58.3, almost 30 minutes ahead of the runner-up.

Nick Christie — Christie won the men’s World Team 20K Race Walk Championships Trials in Philadelphia, crossing the line in 1:27:21.

Maggie Ewen — Arizona State’s Ewen had one of the best combo throws days ever by an American woman, winning the shot, discus and hammer at the Sun Angel Classic. She set a collegiate record in the hammer with a toss of 74.53m/244-6, and added a world-leading 19.22m/63-0.75 in the shot, and a 61.27m/201-0 in the discus.

Quincy Hall — A sophomore at College of the Sequoias, Hall won the Sun Angel Classic 400m in 44.60, the fastest outdoor one-lapper by an American in 2018, and at the time the fastest outdoor mark in the world.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey.


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