INDIANAPOLIS -- 2016 U.S. Olympian Miranda Melville (Rochester, New York) clinched her second consecutive USATF 5,000m Indoor National Race Walk Championship on New Year’s Eve at RIT, breaking her own American record in the 5,000m set last year and going on to crush the 10,000m indoor record as well.
Melville, one of several impressive performances at the last event of 2016, race walked her 5,000m in 22:35.68, setting a new AR by nearly 4 seconds and beating runner-up Erin Taylor-Talcott (Oswego, New York) by over 2 minutes. In the 10,000m, Melville solidified a new indoor American record by over 4 minutes in 45:19.25.
“This was my first time doing a 10,000m on an indoor track. I did plan on going after both records and using this race as an indicator to see where I was coming out of my base training this fall,” Melville said. “It was the perfect ending to a pretty unbelievable 2016, and a great start to an exciting 2017 season ahead.”
Other notable performances at USATF 5K National Race Walk Championship include:
Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) won the men’s crown at the USATF 5K Race Walk Championships at RIT on New Year’s Eve, finishing in 22:56.50 to just edge out Jonathan Hallman for the win by nearly 16 seconds. He followed up his championship performance by taking home the men’s 10,000m title as well, crossing in 45:52.38.
Meaghan Podlaski (Colonie, New York) won the junior women’s 5,000m race walk title at RIT, finishing in an impressive 25:21.16 to win her final race of 2016.
Now in its 16th 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 USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville.
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