Once again Ron Salvio invited America's best race walkers to the heart of the Pine Barrens in Whiting, New Jersey. This year the weather was picture perfect. Sunny, no wind and 40-50 degrees for most of the races. The stakes were high. For the open men and women, the top five American finishers would win a berth on the USA Pan America Cup Race Walking team scheduled to compete in Arica, Chile May 9th – May 11th. In addition, the top three junior men and women would also win berths. All berths are subject to minimum time standards.
In addition, the USATF Masters National 20km championships and the USATF NJ 20km Championships were held simultaneously.
One of the deepest fields in a long time, 70 walkers toed the line.
Very quickly, John Nunn and Patrick Stroupe took the lead positions. Rachel Seaman, only walking 10km, also set out on a fast clip while being flanked by Nick Christie and Cody Risch.
Alex Chavez was the next open men, while our lead junior was Anthony Peters.
Nunn and Stroupe looked smooth coming through 1250m in 5:21.
Christie was not about to let them get away, pacing well with Seaman about 5 seconds behind.
Chavex and Peters trailed coming through in 5:35.
USA's top women, Maria Michta-Coffey and our 6th place man Emmanuel Corvera cruised by in 5:37.
Miranda Melville (5:57) lead the next pack of our 2nd place junior Cameron Haught, 50km specialist Mike Mannozzi, and New Jersey's Richard Luettchau II.
Ian Whatley (6:03) is our lead master, looking, well much like Ian does in races ;) while walking next to Nathan Vanderwall.
Sitting in third for the Junior boy's is Alex Peters in 6:15.