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News & Notes - Tuesday, June 7, 2016

6/7/2016
 
ITHACA, NEW YORK -- Tyler Sigl and Corrine Malcolm were the victors at USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships on June 4. The event, held in conjunction with the Cayuga Trails 50, also featured Masters competitors.
 
The raced served as the last chance for athletes to qualify for the U.S. team that will compete at the IAU World Trail Championships in Geres, Portugal, in October.
 
Sigl (Seymour, Wisconsin) crossed the finish line in 6:44:12, setting a course record and besting the second-place runner by 11 minutes. Jared Burdick (Fayetteville, New York) clocked a 6:55:15 for second, and Matt Flaherty (Bloomington, Indiana) finished in 7:06:53 for third.
 
On the women’s side, Malcolm (Bellingham, Washington) earned top honors in only her second race over 50 km. She finished in 8:18:28. Sabrina Little (Waco, Texas) placed second, running 8:24:10, while Laura Kline (New Paltz, New York) rounded out the top three in 8:28:10.
 
Ben Nephew (Mansfield, Massachusetts) placed sixth overall in 7:40:45 as the first Masters athlete to finish. Olga Huber (Macedon, New York) crossed first among masters women and ninth among all women, running a 10:31:33.
 
Of the 264 runners who checked in on the morning of the race, 70 were USATF members. Next year, the Cayuga Trails 50 will again present the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships.

Contributed by: Emily Giambalvo, USATF Communications Intern  
 
USATF Athletes Headline Oslo’s Bislett Games
OSLO, NORWAY -- The seventh Diamond League meeting takes place Thursday, June 9, as premier athletes from around the globe meet at the 2016 Bislett Games hosted in Oslo, Norway. The meet serves as the halfway point of the 2016 Diamond League series.
 
Headlining the field for the U.S. men is reigning Diamond League shot put champion Joe Kovacs (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), who is searching for his second Diamond League victory of the season after setting the world-leading final throw of 22.13m/72-7.25 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Kovacs is a five-time Diamond League meeting winner, and is currently in first place in the Diamond Race. He will compete alongside Christian Cantwell (Eldon, Missouri) as the two American entries in the shot put field.
 
For the women, Brianna Rollins (Miami, Florida) and Jasmin Stowers (Pendleton, South Carolina) lead the pack in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Rollins currently holds the season best in the field with her 12.53, and she is closely followed by Stowers (12.55). Both athletes set their season records in Eugene, and headline the field of 100m hurdlers in Oslo.
 
Rollins is currently in second place in the race for the Diamond League Championship with 12 points, following American record holder Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina). Harrison is not entered to compete in Thursday’s Bislett Games.
 
Watch live on beINSports USA and beinsportsconnect.tv from 2-4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans can follow along on social media using #OsloDL on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Contributed by: Andy Eisch, USATF Communications Intern

 
2016 USATF 5K Race Walk Championship Sunday June 5
ALBANY, New York -- Despite a steady rain prior to the USATF 5 km Race Walk Championships, four-time USATF Race Walking Grand Prix Series champion Michael Mannozzi and Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey won 2016 titles Sunday.
 
Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) was determined to clear a four-walker group with the 4 km left to secure his second career win in 22:06. He previously won the 2014 5K race in 21:19 and was named a 2013 USATF Athlete of the Week after winning the 40K Race Walk Championships. Matt Forgues (Boothbay, Maine) took silver in 22:21.
 
Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York), hoping to make a second Olympic Games, is now a four-time champion in the 5K race, and her winning time of 22:15 just missed her U.S. record set in 2015 on the out-and-back course.
 
Teresa Vaill (Pegasus AC/Gainesville, Florida) at 53 years old, received the first masters medal in 23:54. Vaill, a victor at the 2012 5K event placed among the top of women’s results for the third time in four years. Dave Swarts (Pegasus AC/ Michigan) placed overall in the top male masters competitor in 24:18.
 
In the junior championship, New Yorkers A.J. Grattaduro (Brockport, New York) and Meagan Podlaski (Niskayuna, New York) claimed gold in 23:40 and 26:00, respectively.

Contributed by: Maya Allen, USATF Communications Intern

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