The women’s race followed promptly after the men’s and did not disappoint. We had our deepest field of high school and junior race walkers ever. The standard which used to stand at 31-32 minutes is now 27:45 to qualify. The faster junior times are also squeezing out the open competition. We only had two open athletes quality and one had to DNS due to a family emergency. The reality is that with many of the elites skipping Penn for the Pan Am Cup, the juniors were faster than most of the open applicants. As we always viewed this race as a development race for young walkers building into a distance race, we gave preference to the juniors/high school walkers and they delivered!
Luckily for us, the open women were well represented with Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey putting on a solo show.
Katie Michta (#7) lapping Natalie Cohen (#20).
Anali Cisneros pushing hard through the finish
I love when athletes may not win, but are still happy, because of a personal achievement. Great Job!
I love even more when athletes bring NY bagels. After all there are no other kinds of bagels.
Race Walk Events Coordinator Solomiya Logan (Great Job!) and Maria Michta-Coffey as she received her watch.
Masters Women’s 5K Race Walk 1 Marianne Daniel CT Racewalkers 27:37.50 Junior Women’s 5K Race Walk 1 Rachelle DeOrbeta Puerto Rico 23:00.84 2 Ashleigh Resch Unattached 23:31.20 3 Katie Michta Walk USA 24:22.11 4 Anali Cisneros Elgin Sharks 24:37.21 5 Charmaine DeOrbeta Puerto Rico 24:38.08 6 Veronica Burke Ballinasloe AC 24:49.93 7 Rachel Glennon Mullingar Harriers 25:23.86 8 Kayla Allen Maine Racewalkers 25:35.70 9 Sinead O’Connor Celbridge 25:51.55 10 Edel Glennon Mullingar Harriers 26:02.47 11 Nayeli Cisneros Elgin Sharks 26:11.34 12 Jennifer Lopez St. Ambrose 26:14.25 13 Sydney Sirois Maine Racewalkers 26:33.19 14 Kristi Licursi Marist College 26:46.14 High School Girls’ 5K Race Walk 1 Katharine Newhoff - 24:14.56 2 MeaghanPodlaski - 24:22.93 3 Amberly Melendez - 25:15.59 4 Natalie Cohen - 26:21.25 5 Lauren Harris - 26:47.25 6 Melissa Tylock - 27:00.02 7 Monika Farmer - 27:48.77