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SUSAN ARMENTA
Events: 20 km race walk, 50 km race walk
Height: 5-5
Weight: 120
PRs: 20 km Race Walk - 1:34:44 (2000); 50 km Race Walk - 4:39:39AR (2002)
Born: Sept 19, 1973, Riverside, CA
Current Residence: Rialto, CA
High School: Rubidoux HS '91 (Riverside, Ca.)
College: Cal State San Bernardino '03 - Kinesiology
Occupation: Asst. Women's Cross Country Coach, CSUSB
Coach: Self
Club: Team New Balance

Career Highlights: 3rd at 2002 USA Indoor Championships; 54th at 2002 World Cup; 50 km race walk champion and American record-holder; 3rd at 1999 USA Outdoors 20 km race walk; 31st at 1999 World Championships

Susan took up race walking after suffering from severe shin splints in high school while competing in cross country. She went on to compete in race walking and cross country for Wisconsin-Parkside in 1992, qualifying for the World Jr. Championships and the Olympic Trials in race walking as a freshman. Has since returned to Southern California where she resided at the Arco Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. After a disappointing finish at the 2000 Olympic Trials, Susan planned to retire from race walking. But in 2001, USATF recognized the 50 km race walk championship for women, motivating Susan to attempt the new distance. Her efforts were successful, as she established the American record in 4:49:57, and then broke her own record the following year with a time of 4:39:39. Susan decided to continue training for the 2004 Olympics in the 20 km. Meanwhile, she has been attending school full-time and will graduate from Cal State San Bernardino's Kinesiology program in December of 2003. She will continue on to graduate school in Exercise Physiology.

2003: 6th at USA Outdoors 20 km (1:40.33)...best of 1:40.33
2002: 5th at USA Outdoors 20 km (1:40:47)...3rd at USA Indoors 3,000m (13:31.51)...1st at USA 30 km Champs (2:38:45)...1st at USA 40 km Champs (3:32:08-AR)...1st at USA 1 hour Champs (12,195m)...1st at USA 50 km Champs (4:39:39-AR)...54th at World Cup...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:40:47.
2001: 1st at USA 50 km Champs
2000: 10th at U.S. Olympic Trials (1:43.17)...best of 1:34:44.
1999: 3rd in 20 km at USA Outdoors (1:37.04)...31st at World Champs (1:40:20)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 47:59 and 1:37.04.
1998: 5th in 10 km at USA Outdoors...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 46:52 and 1:40.27.
1997: Best of 50:52.
1996: 9th at Olympic Trials...ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 47:46.
1995: 8th at USA Outdoors...9th at Olympic Festival...17th at World University Games...ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 48:19.
1994: Best of 50:39.
1993: 7th at USA Outdoors...6th at Olympic Festival...ranked #9 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 49:22.
1992: 10th in 10 km at Olympic Trials...won 5 km walk at USA Juniors...20th at World Juniors...best of 48:44.

8/8/03

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