USATF News & Notes: 1/26/2005

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    Race Walk Grand Prix moves to Lewisburg

    The USA Race Walking Grand Prix makes its second stop of the 2005 season Saturday at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., at the 2005 USA Women’s Indoor Mile & Men’s Indoor 3,000m Race Walking Championships.

    For the first time in nearly 20 years, USATF is conducting a race walk championship at the indoor distances of one mile for women and 3,000 m for men where competitors will be try to better the championship records of 11:44.0 (Steve Pecinovsky, 1984) for the men’s 3,000m, and 6:53.58 (Teresa Vaill, 1986) for the women’s mile.

    Two-time Olympian Tim Seaman will be the heavy favorite in the men’s race. Seaman holds virtually every U.S. recordat or below20 km. Look for Zach Pollinger of the New Jersey Stridersand Mansfield University’s Joe Trapani to challenge Seaman. The women’s race should be a tight three way battle between Jolene Moore, Amber Antonia (NYAC) and Deb Huberty. Battling in the second pack will be CW Post’s Maria Michta and the University of Rochester’s Laura Richenderfer.

    Additional information on the Championships in Lewisburg, and the 2005 USA Race Walking Grand Prix is available at http://www.usatf.org.

    Miles to host pole vault competition

    Four of the top pole vaulters in the world will compete Saturday in the Derek Miles and Friends Pole Vault competition at the University of South Dakota’s DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D. The event will be held in conjunction with USD’s John Dalton Open.

    Miles, a 1996 USD graduate and the DakotaDome record-holder (5.82 meters/19 feet, 1 inch), placed seventh at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Joining Miles for this special competition are 2004 Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson and American record holder Jeff Hartwig. Jeremy Scott, a Norfolk, Neb., native, who competed for the University of Arkansas, will also participate.

    Miles currently resides in Jonesboro, Ark., and works as an academic advisor at Arkansas State University. He holds a personal best of 5.82m/19-1.25 and is trained by National Track and Field Hall of Famer and former world record holder Earl Bell. Miles was the USA Indoor champion in 2003 and placed fifth at the World Indoor Championships that year.

    Stevenson, of Chula Vista, Calif., is a graduate of Stanford University. He won the silver medal in Athens, and set a personal best of 6.00m/19-8.25 with his win at the Modesto Relays. Stevenson is the reigning USA Indoor champion, and at Stanford he was a six-time All-American and the 1998 NCAA Outdoor men’s pole vault champion.

    Hartwig, the American record-holder at 6.03m/19-9.50, will compete in Vermillion for the second time. A resident of Jonesboro, Ark., who trains with Miles, Hartwig is a four-time USA Outdoor champion (1998, ’99, ’02, ’03).

    Regarded as an up-and-comer, Scott placed fourth at the 2004 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships. He finished second at the USA Indoor Championships in 2003, where he cleared 5.70m/18-8.25. Both of Scott’s sisters, Teri and Diana, ran at USD.

    All athletes will sign autographs and visit with fans following the competition.

    For more information on the Derek Miles and Friends Pole Vault, visit http://www.usdcoyotes.com/sports/track/release.asp?release_id=2275

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