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Team USATF readies for 2017 Pan American Race Walk Cup


LIMA, Peru -- Team USATF, led by Olympians John Nunn, Maria Michta-Coffey and Miranda Melville, will compete this weekend at the Pan American Race Walk Cup, held in Lima, Peru on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14. The Pan American Race Walk Cup is the first international championship of the summer for Team USATF, who will complete 2017 global competition in London at the IAAF World Championships.

Nunn has represented the U.S. in three Olympic Games and five previous Pan American Race Walk Cups. The last hosted in Lima, Peru was Nunn’s best individual performance at the Pan Am Cup, finishing 17th in the men’s 20 km race walk in 2005. This is Nunn’s 18th global championship representing Team USATF and he was the top finisher in 2015, coming through in 23rd place.

For the women, Michta-Coffey and Melville are competing in their fifth and fourth Pan American Race Walk Cups, respectively. Michta-Coffey was fifth overall in 2015 and has a career-best silver medal as a junior in the 10 km distance in 2005. Melville finished eighth in the 2015 edition in Arica, Chile.

The U.S. women took home bronze overall in the team competition in 2015, finishing third behind Mexico and Guatemala. In the inaugural NACAC Race Walking Championships held at the same time, Team USATF took both podium places in the separate Women's 50 km competition with Erin Taylor-Talcott and Susan Randall finishing 1-2. Both competitors return for the 2017 edition.

Selection to Team USATF for the 2017 Pan American Race Walk Cup was based on the rank order of finish in the Pan American Race Walk Cup Trials competitions. The Trials competition for the men's 50 km race walk was held on January 28 in Santee, California, while the men's and women's senior 20 km and the men's and women's junior 10k race walks were held on April 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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50k Men

Michael Mannozzi

Matthew Forgues

50k Women

Erin Taylor-Talcott

Susan Randall

20k Men

John Nunn

Nick Christie

Emmanuel Corvera

Anthony Peters

20k Women

Maria Michta-Coffey

Miranda Melville

Katie Burnett

Robyn Stevens

10k Under 20 Men

Cameron Haught

Juan Moscoso

Eduardo Uria

10k Under 20 Women

Lauren Harris

Kayla Torres

Sydney Sirois



Diane Graham-Henry

Head Coach

Ray Funkhouser

Assistant Coach

Richard Robert


Chris Margallo


Jodi Loecke


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