2014 World Race Walking Cup Trials

March 30, 2014

Subject: Article re World CUP RW Trials
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:06:30 -0400

The U.S. Race Walk World Cup Trials held on March 30 at Harry Wright Lake were a great success in spite of the rainy and damp conditions. Two records were established. Top U.S. competitors represented 15 states, and were joined by elite athletes from Canada, Columbia, Greece, Mexico and Venezuela. In the 20,000 meters, The U.S. winners were two-time Olympian John Nunn of California in a time of 1:26:46 and Maria Michta of New York with a U.S. women's record 1:31:11. The Junior 10,000 meter winners were Anthony Peters from Illinois in 47:27 and Brenda McCollum from Kansas in 51:56. In addition, a women's 20,000 meter Canadian record 1:30:43 was set by Rachel Seaman, who was also the women's overall leader.
Race Walk judges were selected at the international (IAAF) level, and were joined by U.S.A. Track and Field timers and course umpires, backed by scores of local lap counters and other volunteers. Hosted by FARC and race director Ron Salvio, the event also served as the USATF-NJ 20K championship, won by Michael Mannozzi (1:31:11), followed in the men's open category by Jonathan Hallman and Richard Luettchau, with age group winners John Soucheck (45-49), Dave Talcott (50-54), Timothy Chelius (55-59), Fred Linkhart (60-64), John Fredericks (65-69) and Patrick Bivona (70-75). The women's title went to Erin-Taylor Talcott (1:44:26).
Photo courtesy of Jeff Salvage

Avram Shapiro