2010 USA 40 km Race Walk Championships
September 12, 2010
Jose Moncada took the men's title and Solomiya Login won the women's crown, giving the Philadelphia-based Southeastern, Pa. Athletic Club a sweep of the individual gold medals in the 72nd annual USA Track and Field National Championship 40-kilometer racewalking event at Joe Palaia Park.
Moncada, 21, a junior history major at LaSalle University, wrote some history of his own as he turned the tables on four-time defending champion Ray Sharp of Atlantic Mine, Michigan, and won his first U.S. national racewalking title with an eye-opening negative-split performance of three hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds. In the race held through intermittent rain, former men's champion Dave McGovern of Locust Valley, N.Y. held the men's lead through most of the first 19 of the course's 2K loops, before Moncada surged past to win it on the 20th and final circuit. McGovern, 45, held on to second place in 3:37:26, with Sharp, 50, third in 3:39:56.
Login, 30, a former holder of the LaSalle University women's steeplechase record, led the women's 40K field from start to finish, regaining the title she'd won in 2008, and clocking in at 3:47.52. Erin Taylor-Talcott of Shore AC, the 2009 women's champion, settled for second place this time in 3:58:46, with Dorit Attias of Lakewood, N.J., another past winner, third in 5:03:04.