Under heightened security and a dense fog, these years Penn Relays’ race walks went off without a hitch. In recent years the weather has been cold, rainy, and down right miserable. Fortunately, this year the weather was pleasant, albeit quiet foggy. Still the dense fog created a surreal atmosphere as the men’s 10K race walk prepared to start. The event, like in recent years, was three races in one: an open event, junior event, and masters event.
Men's 10K Race Walk
Right from the start, two-time Penn Relays winner and recent Pan Am Cup competitor Matt Boyles took the lead and never allowed anyone to question whether or not he would earn his third gold Penn Relays watch.While 1st place was pretty much in the bag from lap one, the race for second proved to be the most exciting. For a while it was a pack, lead by Theron Kissinger and Chris Tegtmeier, but also in the mix was Richard Luettchau. It was absolutely great to see two college walkers up in the thick of things. Tegtmeier, who has only been walking four months, is from Concordia University where his coach Steve Hoger is a former race walker. Luettchau is from Stocken State University in NJ where Coach Bill Preston has been very supportive of race walking.
While Luettchau could not stay with Kissinger and Tegtmeier till the end both Kissinger and Tegtmeier battled to within 800 meters of the end of the race. Tegtmeier, young, inexperienced and very strong, muscled his way to a second place finish at the relays.
Meanwhile, a little more quietly, in the middle of the pack of walkers our division leaders walked well. Trevor Barron representing South Park Track Club won the junior division in a time of 50:25 while our masters winner Doug Johnson represented the Kentucky Racers with a time of 51:58.
Matthew Boyles - Three Time Penn Relays 10K Race Walk Champion
Chris Tegtmeier and Theron Kissinger
Complete Results - 10K Men's Race Walk
|1||8||Matt Boyles||Miami Vall TC||42:22.51|
|4||4||Richard Luettchau||Richard Stockton||47:09.70|
|5||3||Michael Kazmierczak||Rhode Island||48:23.26|
|6||43||Trevor Barron||South Park TC||50:25.99|
|7||21||Douglass Johnson||Kentucky Racers||51:58.76|
|8||1||Michael Batholomew||Walk USA||52:32.77|
|9||42||Matthew Forgues||Maine RW||52:33.40|
|10||40||Evan Crowdus||Kentucky RW||53:07.78|
|11||41||Tyler Campbell||Maine RW||57:40.05|
Please note, open competitors have #'s from 1-10, Masters competitors have #'s from 20-30 and Junior Competitors have #'s from 40-50.
After the race, Matt Boyles was interviewed by the Philadelphia NBC affiliate as well as by the Philadelphia Daily News. While neither had coverage of Matt's interview, sources say that the event was actually show on TV as the introduced the coverage of the Penn Relays. All in all, I was incredibly impressed with the respect the race walk was given. With heightened security the Relays staff took extra effort to ensure the race walkers needs were met. Kudos to them and all the volunteers that made a very chaotic day a bit more managable.
Women's 5K Race Walk
The women’s race, often overcrowded in recent years, saw tougher entry standards leading to a smaller, more manageable field. It’s a wonderful problem to have, and a rare one in race walking, to have too many walkers. However, the Penn Relays are a track meet and we are striving to have no more that 24 competitors. This year we hit that number of finishers in a well contested event.
From the gun it looked like we were going to have a battle on our hands with Maria Michta and Solomiya Login taking the lead from the gun. Close behind were Laura Feller and Susan Randall. After a few short laps, Michta, like Boyles, took command and never relinquished it. She is also like Boyles in that she competed in the Pan Am Race Walking Cup last week. It was Michta’s first victory at Penn and like Boyles, she hopes to win it more than once.
As there are very few longer races for high school and junior girls, the Penn Relays’ Race Walk has always focused on the younger competitors. With a slightly reduced, but more competitive field, Diana Raldo not only dominated the other juniors by over a minute, but she finished 4 th overall.
In the masters race, there were four very qualified competitors, but none more so than the 2007 Penn Relays champion, Maryann Daniel, who has an impressive list of accomplishments that include many national records and international teams.
Complete Results - 5K Women's Race Walk
|1||8||Maria Michta||CW Post||23:35.89|
|5||5||Lorraine Horgan||Walk USA||26:34.00|
|6||1||Susan Randall||Miami Valley||26:36.82|
|7||7||Po-Man Lo||Virginia Intermont||26:38.99|
|8||21||Maryanne Daniel||CT Walkers||26:52.07|
|11||53||Chelsea Conway||East Ridge||27:55.19|
|13||46||Christie Bernier||Auburn RC||29:16.74|
|14||6||Theresa Amerman||Indiana RW||29:24.98|
|15||44||Arame Mbodj||New Rochelle||29:25.57|
|18||45||Morgan Giles||New Rochelle||30:18.96|
|19||22||Ginger Armstrong||CT Walkers||30:49.25|
|22||20||Panseluta Geer||Shore AC||31:17.33|
|23||41||Sara Adams||Maine RW||31:35.48|
|24||52||Kelsey Burglund||Walk USA||32:00.79|
Please note, open competitors have #'s from 1-19, Masters competitors have #'s from 20-30 and Junior Competitors have #'s from 40-60.
Maria Michta and Solomiya Login