Monday, January 29, 2007

Chula Vista USATF Racewalking Event

I made it to the big racewalking event in Chula Vista yesterday. My main goal was to see how the elite athletes do it and maybe learn something. It turned out to be quite something, sort of like a three ring circus, except without the three rings, the clowns--alright, it was nothing like a circus but a combination of a 10k, 20k, 50k and even a 5k "South Bay People's Walk" all starting at the same time!











Erik Tysse from Norway. First to finish coming in at 3:57:35.


Kevin Easter, first U.S. finisher at 4:05:44.

USATF 50KM RACEWALK CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHULA VISTA, CA
JANUARY 28, 2007

“Never again,” Kevin Eastler said, after walking away with the USATF 50km Racewalk title in his 50km debut at the Chula Vista Marina this morning.

Eastler was on pace for an Olympic ‘A’ time standard (4:00:00) until the final kilometers of the grueling endurance event. He was able to hold off 2006 USATF 50km Champion, Philip Dunn, in a time of 4:05:44. Dunn walked to a solid second place finish in 4:09:54, his fastest time since qualifying for the 2004 Olympics.

John Nunn, a San Diego resident and member of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program, finished third in his debut 50km, 4:14:16. Rounding out the top six were Ray Sharp, 4:26:07, Curt Clausen, 4:27:41, and Mark Green, 4:37:28, a new American Record in the 50-54 age group.

The women’s winner Heidi Hauch (5:42:55) defended her 2006 title in convincing fashion over 50km newcomers Karen Karavanic (6:21:01), Dora Choi (6:33:57) and Annmarie Bruning (6:43:25).

50km Championships

Note that in the championships results only US athletes can place. However, walkers from other countries are welcome to record their official times.

In my obsession with pace, I calculated the average pace in minutes per kilometer and mile. Because the pace is to the nearest second and not calculated to the tenths or hundreth of a second, the same pace can result in different finishing times.

Men
.                                                                                              Pace
. Name Age City, St. Country Team Time min/km min/mi
. ERIK TYSSE 26 NORWAY 3:57:35 4:45 7:38
. JAVIER MORENO 27 ECUADOR 3:57:53 4:45 7:39
1 KEVIN EASTLER 29 AURORA CO USA US AIR FORCE 4:05:44 4:54 7:54
. MECIAS ZAPATA 26 ECUADOR 4:06:19 4:55 7:55
2 PHILIP DUNN 35 SAN DIEGO CA USA NEW BALANCE 4:09:54 4:59 8:02
3 JOHN NUNN 28 CHULA VISTA CA USA US ARMY 4:14:16 5:05 8:11
4 RAYMOND SHARP 47 ATLANTIC MINE MI USA VARSANO'S CHOCOLATE RW 4:26:07 5:19 8:33
5 CURT CLAUSEN 39 DURHAM NC USA NEW YORK ATHLETIC 4:27:41 5:21 8:36
6 MARK GREEN 51 RENO NV USA UNATTACHED 4:37:28* 5:32 8:55
7 MARCO EVONIUK 48 SAN FRANCISCO CA USA UNATTACHED 4:39:07 5:34 8:59
8 JOHN SOUCHECK 41 LITTLE SILVER NJ USA SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB 4:49:49 5:47 9:19
. CARLOS ROMERO 35 CHILE 5:15:05 6:18 10:08
9 DANIEL COUPAL 41 CLARA CA USA UNATTACHED 5:43:29 6:52 11:03
DNF THERON KISSINGER 36 SOUTHBURY CT USA NEW BALANCE
DNF DAVE MCGOVERN 41 KINGSTON NY USA VARSANO'S CHOCOATE RW/NB
DNF TIM SEAMAN 41 CHULA VISTA CA USA NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB
DNF STEVEN PECINOVSKY 52 WOODBRIDGE VA USA VARSANO'S CHOCOLATE RW
DNF MICHAEL KAZMIERCZAK 20 PLAINVIEW NY USA UNIV OF RHODE ISLAND
DNF FAUSTO QUINDE 31 ECUADOR
DQ STEPHEN MCCULLOUGH 45 ROCKY HILL CT USA UNATTACHED
DQ TIM BERRETT 42 CANADA
DQ JOHN CONSTANDINOU 34 CYPRUS
DNS STEVEN DIBERNARDO 54 SEATTLE WA USA UNATTACHED

* New American 50-54 record.

Women
1   HEIDI HAUCH         47  FOUNTAIN HILLS AZ USA  UNATTACHED                    5:42:55  6:51   11:02
2 KAREN KARAVANIC 56 PORTLAND OR USA WESTERN WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE 6:21:01 7:37 12:15
3 DORA CHOI 41 SEATTLE WA USA WESTERN WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE 6:33:57 7:52 12:40
4 ANNMARIE BRUNING 42 PORTLAND OR USA WESTERN WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE 6:43:25 8:04 12:59
DNF SANDY COILA 56 PORTLAND OR USA WESTERN WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE

USATF 50KM RACE WALK CHAMPIONSHIPS–10KM & 20KM RESULTS
CHULA VISTA MARINA, CA
JANUARY 28, 2007

The USATF 50km Racewalk Nationals brought out the finest endurance specialists, but the speedsters would not be denied their chance to shine. 10km and 20km walkers from around the country gathered to challenge themselves over the shorter distances. It was the women that excelled with great races from Joanne Dow and Teresa Vaill in the 20km and a wonderful trio of young women from Philadelphia in the 10km.

Dow and Vaill took advantage of early pacing help from Allen James and a few of the 50km walkers and quickly gapped the rest of the women's field. They were both on Olympic 'A' standard pace until the latter stages of the race. Dow and Vaill clocked 1:34:21 and 1:34:42, respectively, excellent marks for an early season effort.

Canadian Rachel Lavelle walked a good season opener with a 1:40:04, followed by Loretta Shuellein in 1:46:21.

Andres Chocho from Ecuador led the men across the line in 1:32:14. He was through the 10km in under 44 minutes but cruised it in after a few cautions from the judging panel. Allen James led the American contingent in 1:36:04.

The 10km was dominated by the youthful Philadelphia crew of Solomiya Login, Diana Rado and Pamela Alva. Keep an eye on these three because they made walking fast look easy. Login notched a 52:31 PR to lead all finishers in the non-championship 10km. Rado and Alva, stepping up to the 10km distance for the first time, have only been racewalking for eight months but looked like seasoned pros in 55:03 and 55:48.

James Oldon was the lone male 10km walker in 1:05:27.

A HUGE thank you goes out to the wonderful San Diego USATF officials, the racewalk judges, and the numerous volunteers who made all the races a success. A BIG thanks to Elite Racing for setting up the race course on race day, to the City of Chula Vista Police, to Hydralyte/Gookinaid for donating drinks on the course, to Pat & Oscar's for catering the athlete/officials lunch, and to Henry's Markets for providing snacks and beverages for the officials and volunteers.

20km REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men
.                                                                                              Pace
. Name Age City, St. Country Team Time min/km min/mi
. ANDRES CHOCHO 24 ECUADOR 1:32:14 4:37 7:25
1 ALLEN JAMES 42 SANBORN NY 1:36:04 4:48 7:44
. LUC BUSSIERES 48 CANADA 2:17:38 6:53 11:04
2 JAMES PASCHALL 63 ENCINITAS CA 2:19:02 6:57 11:11
3 JACK CASSIDY 57 SAN DIEGO CA 2:21:31 7:05 11:23
DQ JOHN MURDZEK 47 SAN DIEGO CA

Women
1   JOANNE DOW          42  MANCHESTER NH USA      ADIDAS                        1:34:21   4:43   7:36
2 TERESA VAILL 44 GAINESVILLE FL USA WALK USA 1:34:42 4:44 7:37
. RACHEL LAVALLEE 20 CANADA 1:40:04 5:00 8:03
3 LORETTA SCHUELLEIN 29 OYSTER BAY NY USA WALK USA 1:46:21 5:19 8:33
4 ERIN TAYLOR 28 HACKENSACK NJ USA UNATTACHED 1:59:31 5:59 9:37
5 LIZ SALVATO 43 SAN DIEGO CA USA UNATTACHED 2:04:34 6:14 10:01
6 SUSAN MEARS 51 RENO NV USA PACIFIC RW ORG 2:17:14 6:52 11:03
7 MARY AGLIN 60 RENO NV USA PACIFIC RW ORG 2:20:45 7:02 11:20
8 VICKIE CADY 48 CARMEL VALLY CA USA UNATTACHED 2:21:19 7:04 11:22
9 MARGARET MCGUINNESS 50 ALOHA OR USA WESTERN WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE 2:32:46 7:38 12:18
DQ LAURA CARNAGIE 34 AMERICAN FORKS UT USA UNATTACHED

10km NON-CHAMPIONSHIP

Men
.                                                                                              Pace
. Name Age City, St. Country Team Time min/km min/mi
1 JAMES OLSON 44 SAN DIEGO CA USA 1:05:27 6:33 10:32

Women
1   SOLOMIYA LOGIN      26  PHILADELPHIA PA                                        52:31   5:15   8:27
2 DIANA RADO 18 PHILADELPHIA PA POLAND 55:03 5:30 8:52
3 PAMELA ALVA 18 PHILADELPHIA PA PERU 55:48 5:35 8:59
4 KAREN DAVIES 45 ENGLAND 1:02:22 6:14 10:02
5 SYLVIA ELLIS 59 NORTH HOLLYWOOD CA 1:05:12 6:31 10:30
6 LILIAN CORDOVA 35 CHULA VISTA CA USA 1:06:57 6:42 10:46
7 KAREN BYRNE 53 SOLANA BEACH CA USA 1:07:03 6:42 10:47
8 SUSAN COTTEY 54 SAN DIEGO CA USA 1:07:06 6:43 10:48
9 JULIE FOX 55 SAN DIEGO CA USA 1:12:55 7:17 11:44
10 PATRICIA PASCHALL 67 ENCINITAS CA USA 1:16:09 7:37 12:15
DQ ROBERTA HATFIELD 65 LAS VEGAS NV USA

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